Redemption Ride? What?
So, Jennifer broke her leg in a goofy fall off Dublin earlier this year. He decided to be a punk and try to go out the gate and despite her best effort, they parted ways. Unfortunately, in the process, she whacked her leg on a gate post, breaking both bones in her lower leg. As you can imagine, she had quite the recovery to go through.
Just a couple weeks ago Jennifer came to do her “redemption” ride on Dublin. She was nervous but by the time she was done she had her confidence back and Dublin knew who was in charge!
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Since she is posting up in this picture, it makes it a bit hard to tell, but I believe she has a straight line shoulder, hip to heel.
It looks as though she is looking down though, instead of where she is going. Darnit, Jennifer! You know better!
Also, it could be the angle of the picture, but it looks as if her inside shoulder is dropping down. Like she is leaning in ever so slightly.
It looks like she is a nice connection elbow to hand to the bit. Which is what has Dublin stretching down and reaching forward in a nice soft frame.
Of all my students, Jennifer has probably the best hands. She is great at keeping them up out of her lap and out in front of her. This makes for a lot easier time keeping a connection. She figured that out a long time ago and has used it to her advantage ever since!
In a perfect world, her stirrups look a bit short for the dressage saddle. It isn’t a big deal, this is her first ride back on so I just wanted her to feel comfortable and secure.
Once she gets back into the swing of things, I would want to lengthen her stirrups a hole or two.
Her right foot is too far through the stirrup. This is not an issue she normally has. I think we just caught her at a bad moment!
Dublin looks super relaxed. He is in a nice soft frame. If he had a little more push from behind, his frame would be better. Dublin has a nice uphill build. Meaning when he gets his haunches underneath himself and really uses his back. He can get really fancy looking.
This ride was all about calm and confidence and in that way, it was a great success. Were they perfect? Not quite, they were speaking the same language though and working as a team and that was the goal for this ride.