Originally Posted by howrsegirl123
I agree, he does look tight. My sister and I were actually talking about that the day of this video. Most of the time he moves looser.
I don't really understand the 'pumping' part though. I've had this said to me before but I don't feel like I am at all-when I'm riding him, since he has such a smooth canter, all I have to do and all I do is sit there.
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What I see is a nice slow-legged horse, which is what you want for Western, but you are pumping with your upper body. I wouldn't change the horse and the molasses look because that is what a good Western horse is supposed to be...slow-legged and steady. So, that is why some might think he looks "labored"....you are over-riding at the lope. He should be carrying you, instead of you pushing him. But it's an easy fix on your part....keep your upper body quiet.