View Full Version : Finally the pics I've been DYING to show you!! Me & him pics, outline pics, jumpy pics.

25th May 2010, 07:07 PM
Well I was just going to jump yesterday but I decided to see if I could get him in an outline by myself without someone in the middle giving me instructions.. and it worked! He looks tense in them but the difference to me is unbelieveable, it's a HUGE achievement, he is so difficult to ride. So I'm dead proud of us both :)

The jumps are very half heartened because by this point he was literally panting, poor lad! Sweatiest I've ever seen him.

Please ignore my position, I was focusing on him too much, and the terrible faces I'm pulling, I wasn't told I was in the pictures!

Also any comments on his weight & muscle so far is much appreciated. We're trying!

Haii Bailey! (Have seen the buttercups post, will be speaking to YO asap, don't really want my post about buttercups!)

Ooh are we coming in mum?

Kisses please?

Well alright then..

I wasn't really meant to be in this one ;) ahah

If I ever get a nice picture of him without a gammy leg or standing position I'd turn water into wine..

Aaaand stallion pose!

This is me reminding my big fatty that he's a big fatty

Here comes the faces




And the best of all.. gormless!! A simple "Emma you're in the picture" didn't occur to my friend!

Oooh are you taking pictures?

Cheeeeeky boy!

My friend getting on, shame he doesn't have his eyes open!

Warming up

Okay for anyone who hasn't really followed our story.. Baileys goes around like this whenever you take up the slightest contact.

So to finally get him like this... is so massive to me.








Very little effort involved.. by the horse. Can't you tell I'm the one doing all the work? :lol:



Like? :D

My Crazy Clan
25th May 2010, 07:10 PM
He's looking a lot better, lovely photos :)

25th May 2010, 07:19 PM
You both look about a million times more relaxed!! Well done :)

25th May 2010, 07:24 PM
Very chuffed for you! You can see he is starting to listen to you now, look at his wee ears kind of cocking back saying 'is this right Mum?'! And the sun just makes everything look so lovely! Great photos!

25th May 2010, 07:31 PM
seee....your getting there...no hurry, just make sure he dunt close his eyes going over jumps..lol

Cobby Keri
25th May 2010, 07:43 PM
this is the start of many "look what we can do now" posts and its flippin brilliant. I am made up for you that its starting to all come together. I dont think it will be long before you are out doing a few clear rounds either. you go girl.

25th May 2010, 08:16 PM
^^^ What she said!! :D
Fantastic pics hun!

25th May 2010, 08:17 PM
he looks lots better. get him going really forward into that contact and you wont look back

25th May 2010, 08:21 PM
well done. Your hard work is paying off. You both look happy and relaxed

25th May 2010, 08:28 PM
Well done! He's definitely looking slimmer and that'll help him no end with carrying himself properly. I bet when he's working forward properly he'll fall into a lovely outline. Are you going to the next clifton?

25th May 2010, 08:28 PM
Big improvement! Well done!

How does he go if you ride him on a longer rein? if you can get him to stretch down that is a good starting point for a true outline... I think you'll also find if you make sure you sit up with your shoulders back and nice and relaxed he'll go even better! ;)

25th May 2010, 08:28 PM
Ah well done guys!! What an improvement! He'll soon relax once his muscles get used to working! Look at his eyebrow as he's jumping!!!x

Zeitgeist Mom
25th May 2010, 08:57 PM
You are both looking loads better! Well done - you must be very proud. :D

25th May 2010, 09:09 PM
Loads better! You both look great. Great piccy post! :D x

25th May 2010, 09:09 PM
you both look so much better!! well done!! x

beks the artist
25th May 2010, 09:15 PM
Looking SOOOOO much better!!!! Really nice!!! He reminds me of Taran so much - lets walk around with our head in the air lol! I would say just relax your elbows a little and sit your thumbs on top a little more so you are giving with your hands xxxxxx

25th May 2010, 09:19 PM
Well done! He looks tons better.. And once he looses that weight he's going to find life so much easier :) The way I taught Bella to soften was to keep it there until she worked it out for herself, then release and praise when she gets it right - we started off just doing it on the ground with me holding the reins over her neck - tho Bailey is a wee bit bigger than Bella!


Horse Mad Mum
25th May 2010, 09:43 PM
great photos hun youshould start a baileys blog !! HMM X

Lucy B
25th May 2010, 10:08 PM
lovely pictures and it looks like you are both really bonding now

25th May 2010, 10:14 PM
Thank you guys :D feeling so positive now!

Laura T
25th May 2010, 10:23 PM
What a fantastic start - I'm sure once Bailey gets fitter and develops the correct muscles he will drop down beautifully into a nice relaxed contact. Well done - lovely to see:D

25th May 2010, 10:30 PM
Hiya :) Your Horse looks Loverly and it looks as though you've done really well with Him considering He's your first Horse - and such a cheeky Boy :p lol. But one thing I would say, and it's just purely a little advice - not criticism as you should be very proud of all your hard work :) - is that contrary to popular belief, bringing a Horse's head down doesn't necessarily mean They are working in a 'correct outline', as a 'correct outline' is when a Horse is using impulsion from Their Hind Quarters to push Themselves forward as opposed to 'dragging' Themselves if you get what I mean :p
It's really difficult to explain, but this is my attempt :p.... when you watch your Horse being ridden by someone else, really concentrate on His Hooves: look really closely to see if He creates a lot of dust as He moves, as you don't want that because it most probably means He's trying His best not to work and knows you want His head down so uses that as a sort of excuse to stop Himself having to work hard (He must be a very intelligent Boy :D). What you want is to sort of use your seat to contain the impulsion but your legs to push Him forwards with lots of energy contained, so He feels as though His back is lifted up and He feels more 'elastic' if that makes sense :p Then, if you're watching someone else ride Him, when watching His Hooves you really want to see the prints of His hind hooves almost overtaking the prints of His fore hooves - what I was told (as I experienced this with my Beautiful Mare when we bought Her when She was about 9 - She's 14 now and it's been quite difficult as She can be a stubborn madam, being a Mare :p, but now She's generally an Angel and these exercises really helped me :)) was you must try to imagine how many inches you think He's 'tracking up' by, and your aim is to get Him 'tracking up' by about 6-8 inches in a really active walk, although this depends on the Horse, of course :p It is really hard to explain, but eventually He will bring His head to a more rounded outline naturally and as long as you keep a constant but soft contact, He should accept the bit/contact and should give you a really enjoyable ride :D Hope this helps, Good Luck!! :D xxxx
(p.s The correct rounded outline you need is not the Horse's head in Their chest, but ideally you want just a slight curve of the crest and the poll should be in line with the crest - as it is in many of your photos anyway :p - as that way the Horse builds the correct muscles and can breathe properly so He can be Happy and Comfortable and able to work to the best of His ability :))

25th May 2010, 10:35 PM
Hiya thanks Danni for that :). I'm slowing working on getting that impulsion from behind but as you said, he is quite intelligent.. or just damn lazy! As you can see from the pics, my lower leg is constantly dug into him, which is why it's so far back and my heels are absolutely atrocious, but if I don't have that there, he will shuffle even more than he does already. Have tried backing up my leg with my schooling whip and he seems to be immune to that aswell, it barely makes a difference. Will try doing lots of transition work to get him off my leg more and moving forwards before I start trying to tuck his giraffe neck under next time and see if that makes a difference, but he is incredibly difficult.

26th May 2010, 07:25 AM
He's absolutely gorgeous.......& look at the head tucked in, clearly listening too, go you!! x

26th May 2010, 09:22 AM
You're welcome :p You are doing a good job from the looks of it, I wasn't saying otherwise :p lol, I understand how difficult it is, especially with such a big Horsey :p I always find non-critical advice really helpful :p
Transitions would be a really good idea, and you could even have a go @ doing things like serpentines, figures of eight, and just generally make the sessions fun for you both rather than them being all about work :p (even Gymkhana games can be a fun break from trying to get Him working :p) - I also found with my Gorgeous Girlie that, if possible, schooling while Hacking is really beneficial too , although obviously it depnds on your circumstances :p Good Luck with Him, I bet you'll be out there doing Dressage and whatever you want to do really soon :D xxxx

26th May 2010, 11:05 AM
Wow much improved!!! I bet he’s very much like Bertie to ride, knows exactly what to do, just have to work to get it out of him!!!

Completely agree with Sophie about the sharp smack too x

26th May 2010, 12:15 PM
Brilliant that's such and improvement and once you persuade him to listen to your leg more you'll find it easier. I also agree with Apple about the schooling whip.
Another thing that may help is while you warm up get him moving. Don't spend long in walk just enough to loosen up briefly then get trotting and cantering one both reins on a loose rein with the canters in light seat. If he's very lazy then really send the canter on down the long side. It'll get him a bit more fired up so then when you bring him back and start taking up the contact it'll be a bit less work for you.

26th May 2010, 12:32 PM
He is lovely :)
Looks like you're making progress with him already!! Well done you :)

26th May 2010, 01:09 PM
I agree with Soph about the impulsion thing. I used to do the same as you and constantly nag Saffy with my legs and she just switched off to it. I hate the phrase 'dead to the leg'. No horse can become dead to the leg. The can feel a fly land on their ribs. They just choose to ignore a constantly nagging leg. I find Saf SO much easier to ride now she's more responsive to my leg.

What I've done is take my leg off completely. I give her a nudge and give her a second or 2 to respond. If I don't get an adequate response (or she completely ignores me..which happens fairly often :lol:) I give her one sharp kick. Proper pony club style. It looks less than elegant but it makes her think 'oops crap shouldn't have ignored the polite squeeze'. I then bring her back to walk or halt or whatever I was at and then repeat it again. So far she has always responded to the squeeze the 2nd time. Repetition is the key and she gets loads of praise when she responds as I want her to. She doesn't really respond to the whip much either like Bailey, I find big kicks work better. It's no good constantly nagging her though I push her on (with a squeeze or a kick/couple of kicks if she doesn't respond) then I take my leg off completely and let her do it herself. He should be able to take you around the arena at a decent speed without you constantly needing to nag him and he will be able to once he realises if he slows down he'll get pushed on again. Make sure your aids are clear and sharp then let him repsond to them and praise him for doing what you've asked.

Sorry for the essay!

26th May 2010, 01:49 PM
Bailey is great isn't he!!
You look so good together, I think you have found The One haven't you :)

26th May 2010, 06:03 PM
I really like the look of this lad-he looks such a character! Well done-great pics!

x x Helen x x
26th May 2010, 06:10 PM
great! he looks so much better and you look far more relaxed on him

26th May 2010, 10:24 PM
:D Thank you.

27th May 2010, 11:31 PM
sensitize him to the leg- ask him lightly- if he doesnt respond GALLOP! then bring him back and ask again.
he will SOON be very forward and off the leg i promise.

I love my Haffy
28th May 2010, 10:39 AM
Aw tres excited about seeing this post - he is so gorgeous and i cant believe how far he has come already

28th May 2010, 10:47 PM
well done!! you are both doing so well!

28th May 2010, 11:01 PM
Eeee thank you :)

Will be getting him to work off my leg in the next few sessions x

29th May 2010, 09:50 PM
Brilliant Emma Lou ! :) I can't believe how quickly you have bonded and how well you're doing with him already. :D