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        07-25-2010, 04:10 PM
    Any improvements?

    I'm curious if someone can see an improvement at Danut... I was looking at the pictures and I think that he is looking nicely now, more mature than one year ago.

    Some infos about him. He is a mixed breed gelding, 6 or 7 years old. He was a cart horse in his past and now he is at a horse shelter where I'm volunteering. I know Danut for more than a year now and he is my favorite horse there, my pretty boy. He is worked now three days a week by our trainers. He is in the process of becoming a lesson horse.

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    And here is a video :)) I want to know what you can say about his movement. I'm not good at this at all.

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        07-25-2010, 07:39 PM
    He is one nice looking horse! It looks like he has put on the right amount of weight, and gained a ton of muscle as well. His coloring is gorgeous!

    In the video it looks like he might be doing a bit of stargazing (holding his head parallel to the ground). I saw a Julie Goodnight demonstration on a horse that stargazed earlier this year. She recommended using a mild bit, such as a simple snaffle, and teach the horse to flex at the poll using pressure and release (reward). Start at the walk, then move to the faster gaits. If you are consistent with it, he will outgrow this habit.
        07-26-2010, 01:24 PM
    Thank you... I love his coloring too... I just love gray horses with darker mane and tail. I'm glad to hear that he has put some muscle on him. I requested a critique last year and the biggest problem was his lack of muscle.

    He is the kind of horse that is stargazing, usually he wears a martingale, but not always. And about the bit we use a snaffle or a single-jointed pelham. He responds well with both of them.

    Thank you a lot.
        07-26-2010, 05:39 PM
    What in the HECK are the riders doing??? What awful riding!! I hope this was before you got him! His body looks a lot better. With a little more weight and some muscle he is going to be quite a nice little horse. I just hope you get him away from those crazies galloping around and yanking on the poor guys face with a pelham on!!
        07-27-2010, 09:58 AM
    I hope that isn't the trainer riding him in the video. The rider is very unbalanced, and seems to be unbalancing the horse. That said, the horse has come a long way. It is good to see him at a healthy weight.
        07-27-2010, 10:07 AM
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    He looks fantastic, what a pretty boy! Not sure what the trainers are trying to achieve in the video, looks like a great way to develop numerous bad habits and certainly not a great way to train a pony to be ridden safely by a child which he is ultimately destined for.

    I would like to see him worked in a simple snaffle and by someone with a calm seat and good hands to encourage him to relax his back, neck and poll. He looks like he is just charging around and bracing himself against the pelham rather than being accepting of the bit and rider.

    In all, great job in improving his condition he looks lovely!
        07-27-2010, 01:54 PM
    Thank you all for the responses. The riders are the trainers. They do a great job with the horses, but I'm not so experienced to critique them. They prepare the horses for shows too. So this thing was designed for a show to entertain the disabled children.

    The rider on Danut, the gray horse was trying to stop the horse to lift his head up in the air. Danut has a big problem with stargazing especially at bigger speeds and he is often ridden in a martingale because of that. They try to teach him out of this habit but I'm not sure that this is what the rider was intending to do in the video. He was simply impending the horse to lift his head by yanking in his mouth. Not the greatest method I admit. To me the video looks normal, but I don't have that experience to judge the riding ability of others.
    So thank you for telling me the faults that you see.

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