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Finally Achieved That Frame!

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        01-17-2011, 07:25 PM
    Finally Achieved That Frame!

    Woo, okay so I'm quite happy with the progress I have made in my riding as far as getting contact and maintaining a nice frame/outline (well with this particular horse). We aren't doing dressage, only hunters, and I'm so happy to of found a horse who I will show on! Anyways, here's a snapshot from our last lesson. Please ignore me (as the shot was taken when I was up in the air from the post, so just look at the horse :]), it was freaking 30 degrees, and here in Texas its a WET 30 degrees. Brrrr! Anyways, he looks so pretttyyy! What do ya'll think?
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        01-17-2011, 07:33 PM
    Green Broke
    Super nice! You guys look great together.
        01-17-2011, 09:03 PM
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        01-18-2011, 08:16 AM
    You have certainly made a lot of progress with him, he seems like a lovely horse. Only thing I'd say it this stage, is that I would like to see his hind legs stepping a little bigger. Notice in your second photo that the gap between the front hooves is significantly greater than that between the hind hooves? This indicates that the horse is on it's forehand, as it is having to take bigger strides with it's front legs to stop itself from falling on its face. Get those hind legs a little more active and it will be a lovely picture :) best of luck, he's a nice horse!
        01-18-2011, 09:00 AM
    Thanks, I will take that into account! It could be partially due with the fact that I was trying to stay off his sides since he's really sensitive and was breaking out into the canter randomly; he really wanted to get up and go that day! So in turn I probably wasnt driving him enough. Ill certainly take a snapshot when he isnt so fresh and see if that makes a difference! Or it could also be that our arena is slightly sloped right there, so he could of been overcompensating for that by extending in front of himself.

    Thanks for the tips! I've never been told how to see when the horse is on it's forehand before!
        01-18-2011, 05:52 PM
    If he is very sensitive to your leg, instead of trying to take your leg off completely - which will make him even more electric - try to keep your legs on him very lightly, like a wet towel draped over a rolling pin. He HAS to accept the leg before you can make progress with him, this is very very important.

    Other ways to see if they're on the forehand (the front legs is a dead giveaway though when in a working frame) are to compare where their wither is compared to their croup, if the wither is lower chances are they're on the forehand. They'll also appear heavy in their shoulders like they're leaning on one of them, sometimes they're not tracking up (but this isn't a dead set indicator of horses on the forehand, often they will 'run' through the aids and be tracking up because they're going a million miles an hour!)

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