September 2, 2014

Flat work with my young horse :)

My young horse and I made the most of a nice day by getting some nice photo’s :) I think he is coming along nicely and I am very proud of him. He is almost 17hh at 4 and is really doing his best.  We have a long way to go and hopefully have more regular lessons once my wedding is all over in November. I think (I hope)  I have done a reasonable job with him with limited lessons as this is the first year I have really had a lesson for over 5 years. Always room for improvement… One of the best things about horses is that you never stop learning :) I rode track work for 3 years and I had a fall 2 years ago (have not done track work since).. Long story short it almost left me in a wheel chair as I was paralysed from the neck down for a short while… Thankfully I did no real permanent damage (someone was watching over me) I found it really difficult when I did begin riding (no track work) again to not slouch and had to slowly build my strength again. I am so happy I did not give it all up!! Thanks to the support of so many around me! Thanks!

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Please judge: Schooling dressage

Please judge! :) Here is a little about where we are at right now: My pony Clay and I are working on our connection, steady rhythm and relaxation through all TL and First Level movements. He wants to pull occasionally, and rely on me to keep him together. I do a lot of transitions. He is getting the idea and getting stronger, but still lulls me into a heavier-than-ideal contact sometimes. My seat and core are slowly improving but I lose my balance once in a while, which causes me to tense up and then of course he tenses up too. He is sensitive and reacts to every little change in my body, which is GREAT but also makes him more difficult to ride at this point. I feel us clicking better and better with each ride, though! It’s a really fun process, he has a phenomenal mind and tries hard (which pushes me to want to ride better and better for him), and I feel honored to get to be his partner.photo(47) Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

Preston

 

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This is my 4 year old 16.3hh Thoroughbred Preston and I a week ago in our 3rd ride together. We’re still figuring each other out but I’d like some tips and advice and any critique on us both!

Kezar and I

Hi! This is me and my trainer’s Dutch Warmblood, Kezar, at a Judy Westlake clinic. I realize my position isn’t super appealing (I’m a former hunter rider so bear with me ;) ) but he felt absolutely wonderful that day and any critique would be welcomed! Thank you!

 

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Artie’s improvement

My name is Lily and this is my horse Artie. The top picture is a more recent ride this summer and the bottom is from last summer when we bought him. Just wondering how you think we are progressing. Before he could hardly hold himself together for lack of muscle and couldn’t even stretch down. We finally built up that muscle and he’s doing much better. However I’m wondering if there is anything I can do to get more of an uphill movement. When we try new things he does get rather frazzled and nervous. So I was wondering if you have any helpful tips about that. We don’t have a ring or much space at my barn so I am limited to some exercises because of the trees. Sorry about the long message. Thank you in advance.  **No social media please**

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Getting back into work

Please don’t post on social media, thanks

This is me and my 7 year old OTTB Artie. I haven’t posted any pictures of him in a while because he was off for a month and a half with a huge abscess (you can still see his blue hoof in one of the pictures) and has just gotten back into work in the past month. I’ve had a lot of trouble getting him to actually accept contact in the past and move through his back, but using a lot of things I learned on different horses during his time off has really helped recently. Even when he isn’t completely through himself he no longer resists the contact. But, he still gapes his mouth open at least a  little bit whenever there is any contact with his mouth. I’ve been told that this is a sign of resistance but he does it even when he is very soft in the bridle and moving through his back, so I’m really not sure what to think. Is it possible that his bit is uncomfortable?

Anyway, here are the pictures. Thanks!

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Flat Work

This is Robbin (CSH) and I getting back into shape after some time off. That’s the reason I am trying not to ask for a lot of bend or collection. She is giving so much just by carrying herself. We ride training level eventing. She just came up 9 and I am amazed at her rideability and how much she has matured in a year. We have been together since she was 5 months old.

She gets stiff in the jaw going right. I would love to know any exercises that could get her to be softer on the right rein.

Please let us know what we should work on.

#karenmcgoldrick Hello, It's Aleyna again. I read your previous critique on my extended trot photo with Lucy. It was taken at the exact right moment I guess because I really don't usually have such a perfect shot like that. So here's another photo of Lucy and I doing Canter work. Again were still preparing for 3rd level Champs. I really would like to know how I look and what I can do to improve myself and Lucy. If you'd like a video please let me know and I can get one for you. It would be really great just to get some advice. Thank you. :-)

#karenmcgoldrick
Hello, It’s Aleyna again. I read your previous critique on my extended trot photo with Lucy. It was taken at the exact right moment I guess because I really don’t usually have such a perfect shot like that. So here’s another photo of Lucy and I doing Canter work. Again were still preparing for 3rd level Champs. I really would like to know how I look and what I can do to improve myself and Lucy. If you’d like a video please let me know and I can get one for you. It would be really great just to get some advice. Thank you. :-)

#karenmcgoldrick
Hello, It’s Aleyna again. I read your previous critique on my extended trot photo with Lucy. It was taken at the exact right moment I guess because I really don’t usually have such a perfect shot like that. So here’s another photo of Lucy and I doing Canter work. Again were still preparing for 3rd level Champs. I really would like to know how I look and what I can do to improve myself and Lucy. If you’d like a video please let me know and I can get one for you. It would be really great just to get some advice. Thank you. :-)

http://www.judgemyride.net/dressage-2/412363.html

Rohan

Click for me and my 12 year old Thoroughbred mare in novice at Rebecca Farm. Please judge us both!

Jake schooling his freestyle test

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I’ve put up some photos of Jake’s medium, working, and collected trot from a few weeks ago when we were practicing for his first freestyle test (which he ended up winning); I’ve been doing a lot of work on getting him to ‘sit’ with my instructor and using himself, plus I took him to a clinic where he really seemed to take a step forward in working across the back and using his hind end. Based on these, is there anything I should be focusing on in particular? Thanks in advance :)