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post #1 of 25 Old 08-20-2012, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Critique her movement?

I know this isn't the best video to really critique her movement as this was my first time riding her and getting to learn her "buttons", although she was a very willing mare who didn't resist at all. The bugs were horrible so that was another factor.. plus she needs a lot more muscling and work on balancing as her balance is really lacking at the canter. She's only been back in work for sixty days now, but she's getting trying out jumping this week so hopefully that goes well as that'd be one thing I'd be purchasing her for.. although most of my riding is flatwork so jumping isn't a huge aspect, plus if jumping doesn't work out for us (if we buy her) then maybe I can try out dressage. :)

She looked a lot better when the seller was riding her but this was the first ten minutes of me riding her.. by the end, I had her figured out more and she was going in frame most of the time because we were both more relaxed and I figured out some of her buttons.

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Oops sorry! I forgot to take out the percentage symbol.

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It's fixed.. I must've had the wrong link.

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I don't know enough about movement to give you a critique, however I will say that I think she needs to move forward more. At times she is almost dancing on the spot
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post #7 of 25 Old 08-20-2012, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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That's another thing she's been working on with her, just getting her to lengthen her stride. There's definitely a lot of work to be put into her, but she's very willing, not resistant in the slightest and is very happy to listen to your cues. I thought she was nice both on the ground and in the saddle.

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Free up her head (I want to yell this from here) and let her move into the bridle! She is being ridden front to back and the result is a short stride, resistance (note head raising and hollowing the back) and head tossing.. hind quarters that drift to the outside and then back to the inside.. stiff movement.

She looks like she COULD move nicely but she needs to be allowed to. I want to say sit up straight and give her more rein.. and let her move. Squeeze her into the bit and give a gentle squeeze and release with your hands (like squeezing a sponge). Release immediately so there is no head raising or head tossing. Try it at the walk first.. so YOU can feel it.

I would love to see this same horse in a loose side rein, properly set up lunge line and see her move w/o a rider.

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post #9 of 25 Old 08-21-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Elana! And yeah, that was definitely an issue here.. primarily mine. It was mainly because I was a bit uncomfortable at first but towards the end, I did give her much more rein. She was super willing but I do know I held her back a bit.

I agree with the side reins. My instructor has a set that we've used on Major so I'd definitely hook them up. Honey still needs to work on balancing herself, but I know I need to adjust my riding to accommodate her needs.. as I'm so used to a natural framed, lazy beyond words QH.

I really appreciate your advice though. I'm going back down this weekend to try her out again, hopefully with my instructor.. and I'll keep everything you said in mind. I'll also see about getting a video of her on a lunge line.

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I cannot comment much on her movement, but I have a few suggestions that may help

1) Free up her head-- teach her to drop her head with one seesaw (back and forth of the reins) along with leg pressure instead of pulling on her head.

2) Ask her to move forward while staying collected. Push her with your legs and let her move out without getting strung out.

Good luck!


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