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post #1 of 19 Old 08-03-2012, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Trotting and cantering critique

I was hoping you could critique my horse's trot and canter from what you can see here. He's an 8 year old Quarter horse. Excuse the knocking the jumps. :)
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The first two are trotting, the third one's trotting and cantering, and the last is cantering.
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First of all, you not lunging him correctly. Your set up of a line to the halter is really not able to teach im anything at all. He is on his forehand and hitting the pole with his hind feet as a result. The line to the halter usually has a horse moving exactly like this.

A horse lunging should have a snaffle bridle on with the line running from your hand, through the near halter ring, over the horse's head behind the ears and snap to the opposist halter ring. A lunging cavesson is better with its single hook up for the line in the center of the horse's nose!

Due to the lunging set up he is moving short and is not suing himself at all, so there is no way to properly judge how he goes.

Lunging a horse is an art. It can be very useful (ask the Spanish Riding School in Vienna!). It is way more than hooking a line to the horse and driving him in a cricle.

He looks a pretty Quarterhorse and I am sorry but that is all I can tell you.

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I know it's not correct, but it works. :)
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How is he with collecting? Even though he is on the forehead he looks to be a very nice and cute horse! If you wanted to get a better frame(I don't know what he's like while you're riding him, but this works for my horse) you could put the saddle on him while you're lunging him and make him round his neck. This will improve his ability to collect and give him the right muscling on his neck. Yes lungeing is important, but it shouldn't ever be the only thing used to trained.
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I know it's not correct, but it works. :)
Ummm... No... it's not.
That was the point in my saying what I did.

I most respectfully ask you to please re-read my post..

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Yes I understand what you're saying, but it already happened. I'll do better next time.
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He looks like a nice, sweet horse. His movement or way of going looks more like a western pleasure horse, he really doesn't move in an english type frame. He should do very well showing western pleasure or trail and could jump a few small jumps.
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I know it's not correct, but it works. :)
I know its not correct, but it works... does not go hand and hand. Dont take short cuts when it comes to horses. If you know its not correct why dont you do it the right way?

Why is it that you dont take advice from anyone but ask all these quesions? I just stumbled over your thread about bits and how a 5 inch curb didnt fit but a 5 inch snaffle did. If people are telling you something is wrong its usually not to make you feel bad or pick on you. Its to help you and the horse. I would taking peoples posts with a little more open mind..

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I agree with some of the above posts, he is a good western horse, I could not personally see him doing english.

Also, if you want him to actually go over the pole without touching it/knocking it over, you need to get him to move out, and not a jog. He is not able to get over it because he is not lifting himself.


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