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  • Re: fear of jumping

    As the others have said flatwork and poles are a great confidence builder. I used to freeze when I was learning to jump and something that was a big help was to think about what's next. I remember doing a couple of exercises that made me plan ahead and use my time in the air to think about where I was headed. If I was trotting poles on the ground the moment I'd get into my two point that part of the exercise was done and I'd have to think about turning, circling, change of gait, etc.
    Posted to English (Forum) by rayme on 01-20-2008
  • Re: Working with a horse that runs-out and refuses?!

    I watched your video and boy did that look familiar. My old OTTB would pull the same thing refusing the jump way before it should have been an issue. I'll tell you how we were able to get over it and just hope that some of it might work for you and your horse. At about 24 seconds into your video your horse has her head tucked into her chest just a little bit. She was listening to you as far as slowing down and trying to set herself up, but if you pause it you can see that your seat is a bit out
    Posted to English (Forum) by rayme on 12-13-2007
  • Re: NYC Carriage Horse Cruelty

    I agree that the media could be making it sound worse than it really is, that's why I asked if anyone knows anything else about this. As for the standing in urine and water, that was one of the mentions in the video I linked from WCBS in New York. The part that really got my attention is that the ASPCA has stepped in which I don't think would have happened if there weren't some real concerns for those horses.
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by Rayme on 09-08-2007
  • NYC Carriage Horse Cruelty

    I read about this yesterday on a non horse related site and was pretty surprised that I hadn't seen anything posted here about the conditions that NYC carriage horses have to deal with. Not enough water, no vet exams for years, not enough shade, and standing for long periods of time in water mixed with urine. If those are some of the things that a reporter can dig up it makes me cringe to think of what other problems may be there that would horrify those of us that know a thing or two about horses
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by Rayme on 09-08-2007
  • Re: Writing a Lesson Program

    One of the barns I rode at has a whole breakdown of lesson levels on their website with tasks to be completed before moving into a group. Here's the link. http://volofarm.com/levels.htm Going by different level dressage tests can be a huge help too. Lesson journals are also another really neat tool. Before of after a ride the students have an assigned notebook with questions like "What do horses eat?" and "What is colic?" etc. The student writes down their answers and has a trainer initial next to
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by Rayme on 09-03-2007
  • Re: Show name?

    Might want to think twice about Summer's Eve. It's also a name for one of those "not so fresh feeling" lady products!
    Posted to General Discussion (Forum) by Rayme on 09-02-2007
  • Re: Eq fashions!! helmet question!!

    I like both the two color suede style and the vented strip style and found myself making that decision last year. I went with the International ATH in black velvet with the silver strip in the end because the vents are a huge plus to me. (I don't deal with mid day heat well.) The other things I considered were matching the larger suede stripe with my hunt coat. That's just me being picky, but I do like the fact that I can do my own colors on the strip or cover it in black if I need to tone it down
    Posted to English (Forum) by Rayme on 08-31-2007
  • Re: Staying on the rail?

    As the others have mentioned, it does sound like a balance issue. Try some huge circles. Take up the whole middle of the ring if you need too. If you feel the horse start to dive in let him have a few strides going straight and try again. Don't be afraid to let him balance on your hands a little bit either. Support his neck with your inside rein and keep contact with your outside. Bending will come with a bit more practice so I wouldn't worry about making sure his nose is totally tipped to the inside
    Posted to English (Forum) by Rayme on 08-21-2007
  • Re: Learning to wait

    I'm so glad you posted after the OP's photo. The pic in your sig on the right hand side makes a great comparison to being too far forward vs just enough!
    Posted to English (Forum) by Rayme on 08-18-2007
  • Re: Learning to wait

    Yep, it is, but it's not horrible because your leg didn't swing back. With a fence that small think more of squatting in the saddle rather than standing up to get off your horse's back. Scoot your tush way back and try to hover two or three inches above the saddle rather than moving your body forward. The big bend in your elbow is another indicator that you're too far forward, but your hand placement along the crest and closed fingers are quite nice. With this fence size your two point should take
    Posted to English (Forum) by Rayme on 08-18-2007
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