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post #1 of 13 Old 11-27-2012, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Critique extended trot schooling

He actually has quite allot more reach than this but I'm trying to keep him connected so I was holding him back.

We never practice extended trot except when we ride endurance on Mondays.

So ignore me being a sack of potatoes up there today, i know i don't look good. Tell me how my horse looks and give me some advice if you can. I want constancy and rhythm, there's always room for improvement!


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post #2 of 13 Old 11-28-2012, 03:11 AM
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TBCH, the slow motion really isn't doing you any favors.

Your saddle doesn't fit you at all and its hindering both you and your horse. I think it would help you be more stable and in balance with the horse so he can really round his back and extend more if you had a better fitting saddle.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-29-2012, 01:08 AM
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You have a lovely horse!

He is on the forehand however, and I would not be asking him for extended work until he is able to carry himself more over his haunches - too much extended work even on a horse that is in self carriage puts a huge amount of straight on the legs.
He is not moving his back at all - all of the 'length' is coming from his back.

I'd love to see you in a better fitting saddle as the poster above said, with significantly longer stirrups so that you are able to better influence him through your seat. Then do a lot of work on increasing his bend, developing a soft, swinging back through riding millions of transitions, leg yield, and changes of rein. Then start asking for a few lengthened strides at a time.

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Thirding the above. And I agree, your horse is way cool!
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TBCH, the slow motion really isn't doing you any favors.

Your saddle doesn't fit you at all and its hindering both you and your horse. I think it would help you be more stable and in balance with the horse so he can really round his back and extend more if you had a better fitting saddle.
really? because i just paid $2000 for it and $400 to have it custom fit to him. I think the saddle fitter would beg to differ.
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maybe the saddle fits the horse better than the rider. Sometimes that's the case.
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you think it doesn't fit me because my stirrups are jacked up or because it looks too big?
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Most saddle fitters focus on fitting the saddle to the horse and not so much the rider. You can pay a lot of money to have the saddle fit your horse really well but still cause you a ton of problems because it puts you in a bad position. A saddle that fits the horse but not the rider can make a horse just as sore as a saddle that doesn't fit at all.

Your saddle is far too big for you and has you set back in a chair seat with your legs too far forward. I'm not sure if lengthening the stirrups will really help much as it seems the stirrup bar might be set too far forward but you can try it and see if it makes a difference.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-01-2012, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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the seat saver isn't on my saddle in this picture, you still think it's too big for me?

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It still looks fairly big to me. You have a bit of a chair seat, so a stirrup bar a bit farther back would be good for you. You should have a straight line from your heels to your hips. Try putting your stirrups down and pushing your leg back if you really love that saddle.
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