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post #1 of 18 Old 08-08-2010, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Before and after, and riding critique

Here is my mare last fall when I got her...I know it can be hard to 'see' any changes when you see them daily, which is why I am posting this. hahaha



Mid winter...



And now...



And a couple of riding pics...I am just getting back into riding, after practically 6 months off; I was sick for 3 months, and then healing from surgery after that, plus my hubby and I moved in that time as well... I also haven't ridden english consistantly for quite awhile.

What is see; I know my saddle is a tad small, and I am trying to replace it as soon as I can...our move put a clunker in that this summer. My arm and hand position is terrible, and my leg is not extremely stable. My mare is also quite green, so I haven't worked on collection a ton...she came to me unrideable (buck and bolt type), so we've come quite a ways just from that.








I was asking her to canter in this one, which is why I am a bit more 'forward'...she is very sensitive to weight and body position, so all it takes is a shift (I'm exaggerating it still) to get her to shift gait.




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post #2 of 18 Old 08-08-2010, 11:58 PM
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Shorten your stirrups a few holes first off. Second, you have major piano hands. You pretty much covered what I was going to say, but keep those heels down!
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She is very pretty and from what you say, your hard work with her is paying off.

Don't tell me what breed she is. I want to see if I can guess it...

Thorobred Cross?
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Yeah, I looked at those after, and I'm like why in the world are my irons so low anyway? I'm guessing that would be why I had a hard time stablizing my leg and keeping my heels down.

Here's on western for comparison...(yes, I post to her trot western, haha...she is so foward moving it's hard to sit it! Lol)


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She is very pretty and from what you say, your hard work with her is paying off.

Don't tell me what breed she is. I want to see if I can guess it...

Thorobred Cross?
Nope...no thoroughbred

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She looks like she built a great haunch on her!! Great job, her coat also looks really healthy.

I have to point out... I love that heart you shaved onto her rump. I clipped "Eldo" onto my horses rump.. it didn't disappear for show season, so we had to clip all of him quickly, and sure enough, his hair didn't grow back fast enough. So, his papers say "bay" yet we showed up as a blue roan, because his skin and roots are SO black. We got in big trouble xD

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Nope...no thoroughbred
You're kidding.
I'll go get my breed book out.
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Paint?
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Nope, but she is Sabino with Rabicano roaning, hahaha. She is two breeds, btw. You'll kick your self once you get it, because it's fairly 'obvious' once you think about it...

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This is driving me nuts!

The thing that is getting me is she is so lightly built.
My first thought is she has Arabian in her, but her face isn't dished or have any arab qualities.

My second thought was thoroughbred, but you said she isn't.

Some paints look TB, and you denied that as well.

She trots, so she isn't gaited.

I don't see any QH in her, but you say she is a cross...so is she a QH cross?
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