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post #1 of 17 Old 09-05-2011, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Critique 8 y/o OTTB under saddle. (:

This is my 8 y/o, 15.2hh, off track thoroughbred. I love him to death and have been re-training him myself. I got him back in August 2010. I want to know what everyone thinks and if people could give me some kind, but helpful critiques.

The reason I'm saying kind, but helpful is I have trained him myself with a total of one lesson, which was before he strained his suspensory ligament in the field back in March. We're only really doing flat work, maxing out of a jumping height of 2' until Spring 2011 so he can focus on learning how to balance and use himself on the flat and prepare himself to jump correctly, i.e. trot poles, canter poles, gymnastics, etc. So if you could let me know what I'm doing right or wrong (without bashing me) that would be great!

Anyway, I have been riding horses since I was about 5, doing hunters/jumpers/dressage flat work.

**Please ignore my lack of helmet in the pictures. I usually ride with one, but didn't wear one those two days apparently. Sorry!

Thanks and I'm looking forward to your critiques and tips! (:

Schooling at home in July 2010. Sorry for no helmet! :/
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This was at a local combined training show in July 2010.

Schooling at a local hunter pace in August 2010. [Ignore my position in this picture, focus on him. He was a bit excited that day.]

This is us schooling at home in August 2010 (again, he was very excited as it was on/off raining.) Sorry for no helmet! :/

Lastly, an over fences picture. His knees are a bit sloppy in this, but he doesn't want to put any "effort" into a 12" fence. I had placing poles before and after this fence, you just can't see them.
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-05-2011, 07:55 PM
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I'm not a jumper, so I don't have much to say about how he's going, other than that in all your pictures, he looks to be pulling himself along on the forehand. Cavalettis, lots of transitions, and playing with pace within gaits (slow down his trot to a WP-esque jog, then ask him to trot off as big as you can get him moving, repeat) will help him build that strength up. Sounds like you're definitely on the right track there.

What I REALLY wanted to comment on is your amazing tie-dye turnout from the CT show. SO CUTE!
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Thanks! I looove to match. I actually bought a set of tie-dye SMBs and matching bell boots! (:

And as for the tips, I'll definitely work on that! I actually started that last week. The transitions and stride/pace changing within gates, that is. I'll set up some cavaletti stuff and small gymnastics and make his tooshy work. I know what you mean about the front end. He's your typical thoroughbred who loves to drag himself around using his front. I've been trying to fix that, but I'll start with more transitions and extending/collecting and pushing out/in stuff with him!

Thanks for the advice!
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Here's a video! I know he's pulling a bit, like I said in the picture above, he was a bit excited because of the weather.

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Any more critiques?
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He looks like he loves his new work! He is on his forehand a little so strengthen his backend with hill work, poles, raised poles and transitions in and out of gaits and within them

btw I love the tiedye look!!

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post #7 of 17 Old 09-06-2011, 12:53 PM
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He will go so much better for you if you sit up STRAIGHT and stop looking down! Seriously nice horse that needs a foundation.

I know you said not to pay attention to the rider but you influence how he goes. Look up to where you are going to be about 4 lengths ahed of where you are and he will go better.

Hills and caveletti and foundation work will take him where you want.

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Yeah, looking down is definitely a problem of mine! I've been working to correct it, but I tend to always go back to it. I'm good about looking up o/f, but the flat work I'm always focused on everything but where I'm going. Thanks for the tips though! I'll definitely remind myself. Maybe a note on his head saying "look up!" for everytime I start to look down :P
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I would also work on your hands being more quiet, they are going up and down with your body, when ur hands stay still you will help balance your horse better ... agree'd that your seat is very important in training a horse, if my hip is just off a hair then my green mare wil change her stride and ability to ride strait... she is only 15 days undersaddle, so A LOT more sensitive to her rider. I think you are rtiding very well and i hope that you are having a blast with your horse! hope that helps :)
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All of these points of advice are icing on the cake, as far as I am concerned. I think you ride quite well and the horse has a ton of potential. He seems remarkably well balanced, but I tdont' know if jumping is his thing.
You are really a very , very nice pair.
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