Lesson recap : starting point.

In my last post, I talked about our switch from jumping to dressage, so I figured that I should post our “starting point” in that journey.

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I grew up jumping one week, dressaging the next, but on Luna, lessons have always been kind of inconsistent. Specially during the summer. The last few years we’ve jumped all winter, with occasional dressage lessons thrown in, and then pretty much nothing all summer. This last summer was the only summer we lessoned every week.

Our dressage lessons continue to be fairly scarce, at only one every other week, but I am learning so much from our coach ! She makes little tweaks and I can feel the change instantly. Plus this horse is a bit ridiculous with how fast she catches on…..even when she likes to fight things. And sometimes she reallllly likes to make things difficult.

Lots of boring stuff was worked on.  Canter to the right is not a great thing right now. And I think we got it pinned down to my shoulders. As soon as we fixed my shoulders, everything got easier. I pulled less, she resisted less, there was less up and down and more forward. The light bulb definitely went off last night!

 

Things to work on :

  • More forward in the canter, less up and down.
  • Let me biceps relax and half halt with my shoulders/back
  • Less bend in the neck in shoulder in.

Have I mentioned how hard dressaging is in a jump saddle? Sitting back and deep is hard when the saddle wants you forward! Although I think I almost have it mastered….just in time for my dressage saddle to come in!

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2 thoughts on “Lesson recap : starting point.

  1. Good for you for listening to your horse! She has lovely flatwork- I can only imagine how she will improve with your continued focus on dressage. Whohooo for a new saddle! What kind did you buy? I only jump these days- sold my dressage saddles years ago, but sometimes I wish I still had it because they are so dang comfy!

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    1. Thanks ! I’m excited to continue dressage with her. She is bred for it after all !
      I bought a Ryder Zara. And it’s in Canada now ! My fitter should get it in an other day or two but she’s five hours away from us and with New Years I’m going to be waiting for a few more days

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