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post #1 of 8 Old 04-03-2011, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Critique His Movement

So he's bred for Western Pleasure, he'll specialize in that and do the AQHA all around stuff one day.

Here's his pedigree
http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/lopin+bubba+dun

And here's the video


Let me know what you think.

It was my first time loping/cantering him. 2nd time on him.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-03-2011, 01:25 PM
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Do you want critique on your riding aswell?
At the lope he is on forehand and not engaging the hind end as much as I would like to see. His head is at a nice level and has the pontenial to go a long way and with his colour he will stand out in the ring.

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Not really on me. I've barely been riding, and I hopped up on a green baby... so I know there's a lot that needs work. =) I'm rusty and out of shape ahha.

I agree though about being on the forehand... I had no spurs so it was really hard to motivate that big body of his to really pick himself up. Plus first time loping him, I wanted to feel things out before I got into him. But that will come. He really wants to put his head down and travel low so I know my trainer has been really working with him to keep it up.

Thanks for the critique though, I definitely agree and I think that'll come with training.

He just recently hit that slower gear too (on his own), and I'm guessing it'll take some time before he builds up the strength and ability to carry himself like he can.
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agreed, very heavy on the forehand. his slow trot was a little lazy, but he picked up nicely at a faster pace. I also love his head level, and he doesn't fidget too much which is nice except at his lope.
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He's actually a GREAT loper. (His brother is an NSBA World Champion - and this guy lopes better than him)

Yes a bit heavy on the forehand, but not that bad. He's a baby its to be expected.

He's not really a trotter. We just push him out then slow him down again because it helps his jog.

Thanks for your opinions though, always appreciated. =)

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I don't do WP so cannot always appreciate the slow gait as desireable, but the horse is definitely a quality animal and you two look nice together. You sit nicely and are easy to carry. I am totally not one for bobbing them in the mouth when their head is in the wrong place. Wont' a jiggle of the rein, like squeezing it as if you were wringing out a sponge get him to pay attention?
I just have seen this action end up building a horse that carries his neck really stiff and braced; locked at the poll, rather than flexible.
Again, I am not a WP rider, so my opinion is that of an outsider.
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Not really on me. I've barely been riding, and I hopped up on a green baby... so I know there's a lot that needs work. =) I'm rusty and out of shape ahha.

I agree though about being on the forehand... I had no spurs so it was really hard to motivate that big body of his to really pick himself up. Plus first time loping him, I wanted to feel things out before I got into him. But that will come. He really wants to put his head down and travel low so I know my trainer has been really working with him to keep it up.

Thanks for the critique though, I definitely agree and I think that'll come with training.

He just recently hit that slower gear too (on his own), and I'm guessing it'll take some time before he builds up the strength and ability to carry himself like he can.
I ride English, not western, but I don't think (in my opinion) you should need spurs to 'pick himself up'. You are obviously a good rider, so could you try half halts or just lots of leg just to get him to pull his body together and collect? If that's what you're aiming for, of course.
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I don't do WP so cannot always appreciate the slow gait as desireable, but the horse is definitely a quality animal and you two look nice together. You sit nicely and are easy to carry. I am totally not one for bobbing them in the mouth when their head is in the wrong place. Wont' a jiggle of the rein, like squeezing it as if you were wringing out a sponge get him to pay attention?
I just have seen this action end up building a horse that carries his neck really stiff and braced; locked at the poll, rather than flexible.
Again, I am not a WP rider, so my opinion is that of an outsider.
Definitely would. But maybe not totally on him yet, at least not with a looser rein. It's ultimately what we aim for, but he's a big lug and sometimes doesn't listen to that haha.

A lot of what I'm doing with my hands more so that trying to do anything with his head is get him to pick up his shoulders and put his body in the right place.

But ultimately thats what we work towards, he just needs to get to the point where he is that soft to the rein...and I need to get unrusty lol. My timing isn't 100%

Thanks for the critique =)
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