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  • Just for Fun: What is your favorite...

    Ok, I am in an odd mood and was just thinking that I love doing leg yields on my horse because he does them so well and it feels so wonderful when he gets them right. I also love how they loosen him up and he flops his ears (he relaxes them and they wiggle and flop around) when he does them.

    So, what is your favorite manouver or exercise to do and why?

    I know you shouldn't over-do any one thing, but as my instructor so astutely said to me, we all have favorites So, just for fun...I would love to know...just because I am interested. TIA
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  • #2
    ... that big suspended, floating, airy, bouncy, snorting trot... that you can only get directly after you canter (for this amateur ) I ride that trot as long as i can. Feels like you could half-pass, passade, renver/travers just by THINKING about it ...

    AND I hear you on the 'floppy eared' dressage horse thing! My horse has done it for years judges love it cuz it's easy to see the marks for relaxation lol
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    • #3
      I am at real smurf level, but someone trained my mare to sidepass at the walk before I bought her, so I tried it recently in front of mirrors, and wow, that's really cool. No, I don't do it much! She's actually great for all the lateral work I've figured out so far.

      She also has the most amazing canter....
      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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      • #4
        I love turns on the forehand. I learned to do them on polo ponies. Probably the best teachers ever for turns on the forehand/haunches--so much fun!

        My horse is starting to get the whole "stretch down into the bridle" thing, so he thinks he's hot stuff because he can canter and trot with his head down. That's when we get the happy flopping ears!
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        • Original Poster

          doccer- ooohh: you remind me...I do love it when I am riding my friend's 4th level horse and she does her really big floaty extended trot....I have no clue how to really ride her well, but even for me she will do some amazing work.

          and quietann- I actually understand that feeling too...my older horse has no real dressage training so any time he actually engages his hindquarters and uses his back is a victory; getting beyond that with him is still a dream but since he is 24 I have to be a little forgiving since he is just a little behind the power curve in his training But I love his trot when he really gets it as he has the most amazing gaits!
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          • #6
            I'd say the half pass if it didn't require sitting trot!

            So probably leg yields. Actually, when I can get it right, I kind of like the LY/SI/LY exercise!


            • #7
              Real lengthenings. Feeling that thrust and movement...cool. I did NOT feel the same the one time I let Ted go on-beyond-gallop-to-flat-out-race. Of course, if you're getting a true lengthening you have to have some sort of control, as opposed to the other.

              Piaffe. We have only done baby stuff. But it gives me a glimpse.
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              • #8
                Truly collected canter when you can feel the back legs "jumping" underneath you and you have the neck right in front of you....so cool....


                • #9
                  walk-canter transitions. My horse did those really well; much better than trot-canter. Just a wonderful feeling when all I had to do is weigh my inside seat bone, relax my fingers on the inside rein, and he'd be in this beautiful, uphill canter. The first few strides would be the absolute best canter he had, after that I had to work real hard to keep him from falling forward (long back, downhill comformation...


                  • #10
                    Canter half-pass, canter 1/4 to 1/2 pirouettes... he's like a carousel pony, so up and light and fun and easy to sit...

                    My favorite 'excercise' though has got to be HI to SI or the reverse... the trot you get after is soooo nummy.
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                    • #11
                      Since when did half pass require a sitting trot, Ambrey?

                      But yes, one should learn to sit the trot by that point.

                      Favorite? I love doing everything. I think the coolest thing is doing a half pass when the horse's back is really loose and he really sweeps along.


                      • #12
                        Canter pirouette. To the right, more than the left (but the left is good too!). That is the sexy answer. I do love it, but actually..... most of all.... for real... The warm up. I love a great warm up. Not sexy, but true. There it is... Warm up and CP. You can never get a good CP without a good WU after all!


                        • #13
                          The first time I did a pirouette on my schoolmaster--I had an ear to ear grin by the time we got all the way around. It was so much fun. I don't practice that though, since we're just starting schooling some 3rd level movements.


                          • #14
                            I have to say mine is the walk piroutte. Theres no way we could do it in the canter but its amazing with all the work with him responding to my leg that this came along and he does it great! Even though I'm a smurf and he is to this was a big accomplishment!
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                            • #15
                              Well, most anytime something goes [I]really[I] well I get that warm fuzzy "Aaahh YES" feeling, but I really like it when I transition from collected to lengthening and the motor kicks in and the neck reaches and the shoulders come up and out and he feels like a boat on plane. The coming back is pretty cool too.


                              • #16
                                Canter half pass with a flying change! The mare I used to show had a funny sense of humour and would actually try to do a flying change the 'opposite' way while going back to the track in half pass even when CORRECTLY bent! I could have strangled her many a time for her 'opinion' but we eventually saw things MY WAY! lol
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                                you KNOW I won't do it!" Edna Mode


                                • #17
                                  yeah, I love canter change of hand, but the real thrill is early in the warm-up of my green horses, when they start to learn to lift their backs and fill up your seat.
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                                  • #18
                                    i love doing the extended trot on my horse. he is a standarbred with beautiful gaits and he is so smooth and really gets his legs under him.

                                    i also recently have been able to sit his trot. when he is collected he is so comfy and now that my core muscles are stronger it's so much easier! (my new saddle helps too)
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                                    • Original Poster

                                      Wow...thanks everyone...you are reminding me of all the little things that make riding so wonderful. We can really experience beauty instead of just seeing it...ok...I know that may have been a little bit of a cheesy thing to say but if I really mean it does that make it less so?

                                      It turns out I started this thread at just the right time since my ride last night was a little frustrating, but then I came in to work and read this thread and reminded myself that I will eventually have another great moment. Eventually we will be past being smurfs (love that expression- it fits so well!) and I will be able to ride better and that will help my horse
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                                      • Original Poster

                                        Originally posted by dbadaro View Post
                                        i love doing the extended trot on my horse. he is a standarbred with beautiful gaits and he is so smooth and really gets his legs under him.

                                        i also recently have been able to sit his trot. when he is collected he is so comfy and now that my core muscles are stronger it's so much easier! (my new saddle helps too)
                                        what kind of saddle do you have? Not to derail the thread, but I have to get one (eventually...have to save up first) so I am curious what various people like.
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