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  1. Rushing the canter transition?

    For this type of horse I would try riding the long diagonal and as you cross the centerline develop a leg yield and ask for the transition within the leg yield going into the corner. Shoulder In transition is good too for control of the shoulder, (especially for straight long side transitions) if you are that far along in your training, however, for horses rushing into the departure I find the leg yield transition to be very effective. Cheers! Chris
  2. "Girthy" mare

    Physical conditions aside, many girth issues are created by people who are rushed. Since she has a girth issue behaviour that may have been due to a physical condition, simply eliminating the condition won't necessarily eliminate the learned behavioural response. So, either way, try this method. Pay attention to her breathing when you tighten the girth. Only tighten when she is exhaling and only tighten one hole, walk her, tighten her another hole when she exhales, walk her etc. Take your time, it will save you time later. Cheers! Chris
  3. quote: Originally posted by TracyA: Fess needs a medium narrow over his withers and a medium wide to clear his shoulders. Tracy Are you sure that you are not placing your saddle too far forward? A Saddle should not have to "clear" shoulders or fit "over" withers... Picture of horse with saddle, no blanket? Cheers! Chris
  4. Before and After pictures, what a year of training can do!!

    quote: Originally posted by smithereens_86: One of the things that a clinician once told me that really helped me when I was trying to learn to sit UP during the medium trot was to “trust”. Trust my horse, trust my seat, trust that we would go together. Just trust and allow it to happen. ~Shelly~ Trust. For without trust between rider and horse there can be no harmony. Cheers! Chris
  5. Before and After pictures, what a year of training can do!!

    quote: Originally posted by arabsporthorsegirl: Thank you for your constructive comments Shelly (smithereens_86) and Chris (Uberdude). I agree that these particular pictures do show some faults in my position, especially since I am showing them at medium and extended trots which is the hardest for me to keep upright. I'm really going to concentrate on keeping upright, shoulders up and square in my seat tonight. My scores vary from 58% to 64% in 2nd level which aren't bad by any means but my trainer does get fustrated because she knows they could be high 60's if I could just remember to keep my position in the show ring. I revert to bad habits when I get nervous. The reason I was showing these pictures was to show the mass improvement in the horse's development. He gained so much muscle mass!! Dancer out grew his Wintec Isabell this past winter, even the XW gullet, his back is too wide for it. I spent 3 months searching for saddles that fit him and me. It's hard to find a saddle that was wide enough for my horse and long enough flaps for my 36" inseam. I prefered the Wintec Isabell seat, but it didn't work for Dancer anymore. I understand that people who have big warmbloods may say that this horse is a bit small for me, but I'm 5'10" and my horse is 15.3 which is pretty big for his breeding. He has a deep heart girth and his very wide backed so he doesn't feel small at all. I guess, I don't really understand why he is "too small". I have long legs, ok, so I use more of my calf. It's not that I'm too heavy for him, I'm 155 lbs which isn't too bad for my height. Besides, he's so willing and smart and he puts up with me. We make a good pair because he's willing to learn with me. He's not a horse that gets mad at me for doing things wrong because he doesn't really know any better. Thanks for the imput. I'll try to get some new pictures from home posted which corrections in mind. You are welcome! Firstly, I am larger than you and I ride a lot of Arabians and Arabian crosses. So, yes, it can be done! Quality Arabians are well known to be able to pack larger riders than horses of other breeds their size. The concern is that with a horse that is smallish for the rider, the rider has to pay much more attention to their center of balance. Think in terms of levers, fulcrums, pendulums. If you are off center in your shoulders by one inch on a 17h warmblood, the effect on the horses balance will be much less than if you are off center by half an inch on a smaller horse. I hope that makes sense. Now that you have moved up to a level that requires much more engagement of the quarters and a freer back, you must learn how to stay out of the way, in order not to block. Your seat is blocking your horse's ability to really shine. Keep working at it, if you are experiencing frustration, take some special seat lessons with a different instructor, one with good credentials. These lessons will help you to get more out of your lessons from your everyday coach. Cheers! Chris
  6. Before and After pictures, what a year of training can do!!

    quote: Originally posted by arabsporthorsegirl: What do you mean by neck getting too short?? The neck gets "too short" when it is compressed, ie: not open in the throatlatch and poll high. Now that being said, this is a disturbing trend in the show ring. The horse needs, even at the highest degrees of collection, to be open in the throatlatch and reaching for the bit. Here is a great picture of a near perfect seat, lovely uphill collection, and the effect of an open throatlatch, softly reaching for the bit. Cheers! Chris [ 09-10-2007, 02:14 PM: Message edited by: Uberdude ]
  7. Too Lazy a walk

    Always use the whip in a non threatening manner to back up your leg aid. Never on the shoulder! Use it from the start in the manner in which you intend to use it later and then you don't have to make changes and re-explain everything! If you are concerned about the reaction, then either you have misused the whip (or someone before you) or you have not completed your ground work! The whip is an extension of your leg aids, we don't touch our horse on the shoulder with our legs! Cheers! Chris
  8. I watched Anky! *Picture Heavy*

    Her horses lose their desire to dance, as my dear friend Walter says, over and over. Whose opinion would you rather trust on this subject? Walter Zettl's or Anky and Sjefs? (whose combined total knowledge does not even come close to what Walter has FORGOTTEN about horses.) Fact is, this method of training is not new and revolutionary, as they would have you believe. It has come and gone throughout the history of Dressage. It comes into favor because some charismatic individual starts to use it. Then it always has gone out of favor. It has done so, as I said, several times throughout the history of Dressage, whilst classical methods have been and still are being used to this day. So, time is on the classicist side. I suspect that this round of deep over-hyper-flexion will eventually become out of favor again. Not soon enough though, in my opinion. And 30 seconds my arse! Nice to dream, but quickly illusioned us humans are when EGO gets in the way! Cheers! Chris
  9. Before and After pictures, what a year of training can do!!

    There are many good comments here, however, one in particular that I wish to add... quote: Originally posted by arabsporthorsegirl: Yes, I know my hands are a bit high. It is not so much that you hands are too high, as your shoulders are too low. Think about that for a moment. As you squish yourself down into the saddle by collapsing your upper body, leaning back with the wrong part of your back and turning your legs out, you are actually being counterproductive in your effort to keep the horse round. This actually pushes your horses back down and his croup up. One must be careful when riding a horse that is really too small for the rider and a breed that has a natural tendency to evade through croup high carriage. I agree with Shelly's statement, your position in 2006 was much much better. It is definitely one of the largest and most difficult jumps up the levels, from first to second. Given that you are working with a horse that is slightly too small for you, and not as naturally uphill as your warmblood peers, it becomes your responsibility even more than ever, to stay out of his way in order to allow your horse to be all he can be. I hope that you don't take this too critically. Cute pony! Would accept him in my barn any day! Cheers! Chris
  10. Intro level showing

    Well I am going to break all tradition and rules and wear lace up Justins and half chaps to USDF rated shows this fall. :-) .....but I would not recommend anybody else doing the same! Cheers! Chris
  11. first dressage test, and i need help!

    You go from working trot to medium walk for a few steps before halting. Cheers! Chris
  12. Why guess? Cheers! Chris
  13. Haflingers?

    Doesn't mean that your project is capable of 4th level.... or limited to 4th level and below... It comes down to this: 1-) 3 quality gaits 2-) A good mind 3-) Training Cheers! Chris
  14. Haflingers?

    Haflingers are not the first choice for someone going out to look to buy a horse for Dressage. Their conformation does not lend itself well to be able to perform at the higher levels, this being said though, I have personally experienced an over achieving Haflinger. Some time ago I taught a student that owned a Haflinger and they did quite well, far exceeding my expectations. We made it up to 4th level and then hit a wall. This particular Haflinger was capable of half pass all day. In fact, some of his best scores were in the trot half pass! One would stand back and watch the lateral and medial reach of that little pony with (legs shorter than his barrel was wide!!!!) and it was hard not to be amazed. His canter was what held him back, especially the flying change. "Buggy" horses generally do not have a really good canter, they are bred to pull a cart efficiently. And I am not using the term "Buggy" in a derogatory manner, I happen to like "Buggy" horse crosses... Cheers! Chris
  15. Website that show dressage figures?

    You might find this link to be useful: Krowchuk Dressage Training Articles Cheers! Chris