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post #1 of 85 Old 02-01-2009, 07:04 PM Thread Starter
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better pics to critique, clippy!!!

sorry about the craby pics on the other thread. These are from today. We had a GREAT ride it was like 40 deg. Outside.
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post #2 of 85 Old 02-01-2009, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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it would not let me do more than 10 pics so here are some more. LOL, just thought I would through some eye shots is there.
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post #3 of 85 Old 02-01-2009, 07:33 PM
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I don't know much about morgans, so no real critique from me but his back legs look off to me. But he sure is a cutie.
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post #4 of 85 Old 02-01-2009, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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thank you he is a newbie lol.
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post #5 of 85 Old 02-02-2009, 12:11 AM
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Well you need to loosen that tie down for starters as he is completely bracing himself against it. You also need to move it up about 4" as it is sitting way too low on his nose. You also look like you are riding with too much contact with that bit and hanging on his mouth. I would suggest switching to a snaffle, especially if he is a greener horse. You also need to correct your "puppy paw" hands and thread the rein up over your pinkie under your three fingers and over your thumb. Riding with "puppy paws" often create harsh hands. You also tend to look down, you need to look up and this will straighten up your back. Your leg should be a bit more back and more in-line with the rest of your body. Your toes should be pointing straight forward, not slanting outward. With your toes slanting outwards you heel is constantly on your horse. You also need to get the stirrup more onto the ball of your foot as your stirrup is resting too far back. With the stirrup resting so far back you cannot stretch down your heel to really settle your weight in your saddle.

Your horse appears very base narrow in the front end. He also appeard to toe out in all four feet, especially the backs. He seems to have a weak topline, which could be remedied if you got him collected and got him to stop bracing with his head up. He seems to be camped out in the hind end but that could just be the pictures. He is also camped under in the front end but again, that could just be the pictures or the way he is standing. He also has a very straight shoulder with a neck that ties in very high. I would think he would look better and tie in smoother all around with proper muscling.
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Onetoomany pretty much said it all. That horse looks uncomfortable with his face strapped so tightly. I think you need to loosen up your reins too because you can see his mouth is open in just about every pic and his ears are back... I think you're hurting his mouth. =[

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omg No offence but after seeing the first few I stopped looking. Usually I don't critique but I agree with everything OneOfToMany said!! Switch to a snaffle!!! YOu have WAYYYY to hard hands to be usuing that bit!! Put the stirrups on the ball of your foot, put those heels down. And say if you were to fall off... you'd be stuck in the stirrup unlss there quick release.. which from the looks of it there not. Shorten your stirrups and put your legs underneath you.

I feel SOOO sorry for that horse .. he has more muscle in his neck then he does anywhere else.. Im sure you love him to death but idk...ill stop there
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I can not loosen my reins b/c I have to have a constent grip on them or he will bolt. I've tried a snaffle and it is worse;( im thinking about getting a hackamore though. He is not green its just that his temperment is ,9 so that were the purebred comes in. And that is his head set regardles or where my hands are.
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Either way he's in pain and the comfort of your horse should come first... I'm not sure how to help you but all I can say is keep trying different things to find something that works for both of you.

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the fact that he is a purebred doesnt have any thing to do with the fact that he is uncomfortable. My moms purebred morgan mare does not do that at all. I don't know what to say about his "bolting"...
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