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    05-19-2011, 07:15 AM
Brining them back after the winter...

With all these crazy weather I started bringing back my mares slowly recently after the winter (almost 3 months off). So took some pics other day (when I was also trying my new boots on ) I want to share. Any critique is very welcome as always! As well as suggestions on exercises on flat!
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    05-19-2011, 07:35 AM
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Nice horses kitten. I wish I had suggestions for you for bringing them back. I know nothing on english riding. Love the last picture. That's cute.
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    05-19-2011, 07:37 AM
They look great and happy to be working again!
    05-19-2011, 08:00 AM
Thank you, ladies! Yes, I was waiting for SO long to start riding again. Since we had an ice storm in mid Jan I didn't get on till April (and now we have rains all the time, like riding 2 times a week, rain the rest of the week). I truly hope it will dry out at some point!
    05-19-2011, 08:00 AM
What cuties KV! Love your paint mares face! I'm not an english rider either (well I did show hunt seat for many years in my youth but that was eons ago), so no critique from this girl! Though I do have an appendix mare coming to me the first of June for training whose owner intends to show her both WP and HUS next year so I will be breaking out the old Pessoa for a comeback tour ;)

I would think getting them legged up would be fairly similar anyway. Lots of trotting, serpentines, flexing, etc. I do all of that with my western horses, even working ground poles & small cavaletti's on those who like to lolligag around and not pick up their feet.
    05-19-2011, 11:52 AM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
What cuties KV! Love your paint mares face!
Thank you, MHF! (as well as for suggestions ).

Based on your nickname I always wanted to ask... Do you work/own foundation QHs?
    05-19-2011, 02:46 PM
You are welcome!

Yes, I raise old school QHs, you won't find any halter horses here lol! My gpa started the farm with the last living son of Poco Dell in the early 60s. Besides my Poco Bueno bred horses born here I have a grandson of Continental King, & some Peppy San Badger, Poco Tivio, & Smart Little Lena lines. I like horses made for working!
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    05-19-2011, 06:14 PM
I LOVE both your horses, kitten_val!

MH had some great suggestions. I do a lot of conditioning work outside an arena to leg up horses after a long break. Start with walk hacks with maybe 5-10 total minutes of trotting, and just keep upping it until the walk is like 2 minutes and the trots are like sets of 10-15 minutes.
    05-19-2011, 06:36 PM
They look great! Just keep working with them consistently, slowly, and never push them too hard.
    05-20-2011, 01:39 AM
Looking great!
Bringing them back in, (if reasonably fit already) my biggest focus is re-establishing 'go, stop and turn'. Just at walk until the horse's fitness increases. Lots of walk-halt-walk transitions, turning off your seat, etc. - basically you want everything to come from your seat ;)
Then the same at trot, slowly adding some figures such as serpentines, loops etc.

As for a critique, well I'll just pick on you as your horse is just coming back into work :P
Not a hell of a lot to pick on - you've improved out of sight!
Beautiful solid upper body and it looks like you've certainly worked out your core strength.
Nice soft hands, carried just above the wither and forward - lovely lovely lovely.
You appear to have a slight chair seat, so just concentrate on releasing your knees (think of pushing your knees down rather than heels) and just allowing your weight to sink. This will also fix the slight outward twist of your foot. In a couple of the photos your right shoulder is dropped slightly and you are collapsed over the hip - just don't let this become muscle memory, focus on keeping yourself straight and even through both sides of your body.


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