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    09-25-2010, 12:41 AM
Constructive Critique for hopeful Dressage TB?

Hello everyone,
I had my mom take these pictures today of me and Sam. He's a 15 year old OTTB and this is the best he's looked in two years! Please note, on my position.....I used to ride in a 17.5" A/P saddle, this is the Wintec Isabell in a 17".....I was always in a chair seat in the other saddle, so, out of habit, I'm sitting WAY too far forward in a habit to fix the nasty chair seat. I rode around AFTER the pics were taken and sat straight....of course, I was fine after that!

So, I see plenty of flaws, including my own common problems. Let me know what you think!



^More Trot^

^More Canter^

^Stretch @ Trot^

^A few strides after the last shot^

This was the third time riding in this saddle, too. I know, I'm as skinny as all get-out - me and Sam are alot alike...we're tall, skinny, and feed us as much as you want, but we won't get fat!
Let me know what you think (I do know he's behind the vertical) and thanks for looking!
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    09-25-2010, 12:50 AM
Very pretty horse!

I'm no professional or anything, but in the 4th picture, it looks like his fetlock is almost touching the ground. Don't know how normal that is.

Maybe those bell boot things just make him run rather awkwardly.

EDIT: Just realized they are actual shoes for a horse. Lol I need glasses.
    09-25-2010, 01:05 AM
The fetlock thing would be normal because of the timing of the picture in relation to the flexion of the hock during the push off. Note that a lot of the horse's weight is on that particular leg and he is pushing off with it.

Your horse is actually in front of the verticle in the second picture.

I'll leave the crit. Up to the dressage divas, but I would like to say that you have a CUTE horse, and you two look awesome together! You look like a dressage team to me ;)
    09-25-2010, 01:40 AM
Thanks SO much! He is rather inconsistent in the head-carriage area, but he's working on it.

Lol, I'm glad you all think he's cute! He is rather handsome...:)
P.S. Yes, he is wearing hoof boots because of his sensitive feet...that's a work in progress, too. He's getting corrective trimming.
    09-25-2010, 02:49 AM
Cute pair

You mentioned anything that I would have mentione; being too far leaned forward and that he is coming behind the vertical. I also saw that you are trying so hard to get you legs under you that your foot is turned out and your knee is too tight, stopping your weight from flowing easily down through the whole leg. I am sure over time, as you relax and sit down into the saddle a bit more, these things will almost take care of themselves. It isn't so out of place to stay off his back and ride with a slight forward seat for awhile if he is not used to actually having a rider SIT on him (jockeys don't sit, they stand). He looks a bit stiff in the hind end and the neck, none of which is news to you , I am sure.
I guess I would say relax a bit, sit up more, don't drop your inside shoulder and connect your elbows more to your side.
All in all, you look good and have a very sympathetic seat and hand., This makes me feel glad for that horse being in your loving care. Who could ask for more?

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