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  1. Met Our Short Term Goal With Jaggar

    A horse can feel a fly land on his back. Small changes in the rider's position are definately felt too. That's why correct equitation is more than a pretty picture (I wish some judges would remember that). Congratulations and I'm sure you will see a lot of progress now.
  2. Opinions (pics)

    Congrats! And I forgot to add, I think he's looks like a great prospect! If he doesn't work out you can send him to me.
  3. Girth Size

    I'm guessing your dressage saddle has long billets and your all purpose has short billets. You usually subtract 10 inches on each end on a dressage girth going on a long billet saddle, so in the case of going from a 44" it would be a 22".
  4. Suggestions For Cantering?

    "You need to have leg contact all the time. I don't mean leg aid type contact. Just light contact even if she is moving forward nicely. My mare had the biggest issue with leg contact. Yes she is an exbarrel racer as well.I had a tendancey at a walk to go to super light contact with the legs (almost nonexistant). I figured she was walking good I didn't want to mess with her.You need the leg to encourage the hindend energy to get your horse on the bit. It took awhile for my mare to accept leg contact and to learn leg does not mean forwrd as in speed but forward as in stepping through with her hind end". Don't miss this post by c.s.a.. Especially an overly sensitive horse needs a long, drapey leg keeping contact at all times. Most times as c.s.a. said, riders will over conpensate the other way and try not to touch the horse with the leg. Once the horse accepts the draped leg a slight pulse or touch of the heel is all that should be necessary to cue a response.
  5. Tense And Scared

    I agree. And being frightful after serious injury is to be expected. I specialize in adult begining or returning riders and most are very nervous to start. Find an instructor who will take the time to explain to you what to do with each part of you body and steady your breathing. If she or he can transmit some of your fear to concentration you will find yourself forgetting about the fear. Staying at the walk until you feel comfortable, even if it's months, is perfectly OK and a horse that will stop if the aids are not correct is a plus. They usually make good schoolies for someone returning to riding.
  6. Opinions (pics)

    If you have never read it or it's been awhile, do your self a favor and read the first chapter in Seunig's "Horsemanship". Lots of insight.
  7. So, I Read This Article..

    I, of course, can't speak for Mr Peterson, but maybe he meant the horse would simply lower his haunches with very little impulsion or hock flexion. The movement takes a tremendous amount of strength and if the horse was trying to "cheat" this may have been the case.
  8. *gasp* Another Video

    In the first video one sees a horse that was trained in WP/hunter (what we call around here "Wenglish") and ridden by someone who looks to be an ex-hunter rider. Flat and on the forehand and not pushing from behind. In the second video you see that the horse is starting to develope hints of self carriage and forwardness and a true connection is almost there but not quite. Rider needs to concentrate on sitting and looking up (as she says she is aware). Her contact needs to be more elastic and get the horse on the bit. Rider needs to think about opening her hip which will help her find and use her seat as she still looks a bit perched and leaning forward to me. Think about how the horse in working behind the saddle more than what's in front. She's "holding" the outside rein which closes the outside door and as PMJ noted, the horse will bend his neck not truly bend through the whole body. The rider also needs to ask for a definate halt halt before asking for a transition. Definately on the right track and yes, a big improvement. Good job.
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  10. Transitions, Transitions, Transitions!

    You said it yourself in your collected trot to canter statement.. The horse must be connected and on the bit. The hardest thing for most people (myself included) is a tendency to throw the connection away by throwing their hands forward thinking they are giving the horse "room" to enter the canter. You have to "set the horse up" with a half halt. Rev the engine, shift to neutral and then ask for canter. If the horse is not fit the canter transition will be strung out and flat. does that make sense to you?
  11. Going To A Show, Need Some Braiding Advice

    Maybe this will help?
  12. Picture Diary Of My Adventures With Jaggar

    Good post by Krazy. And, from what you posted it sounds to me you are headed in the right direction. Shorten your stirrups a hole and keep your work at the begining of the training scale. Rhythm and relaxation. As I always advise when at the start of re-training, keep the sessions short the work easy and always end with something the horse does correctly whether a new task or one he knows well. Yes, you have to be assertive but you can't over-face a sensitive horse. You were wise to quit as long as it was after you asked and he responded as he should have (even if was a calm, flat footed walk) whatever the request. 6 weeks is not a long time.
  13. News Flash--and I Need You Guys' Help!

    You could always go with "Paddington" after Paddington Bear who was named for the British railway station he was found in.
  14. Stallion Videos

    I know how much members of this board like pictures and videos. Here's several months worth of eye candy: Enjoy!
  15. Sitting Trot

    If you can slow your horse down to almost a western "jog" and start sitting there for a few strides it can really help. Also for some riders it helps to think "side to side" instead of up and down. Other than everything suggested here it is just a matter or time and practice.