Originally Posted by xJumperx
I love this horse and rider team. You are a wonderful rider, and he seems like a very good little horse, perfect for the AQHA circuit.
I really don't have TOO much to say, though I will go ahead and be picky. Not because I want to jab at you, but because I think you are advanced enough to the point where it's time to nitpick and fix all the little tiny details.
I would bring your hands up just a hair, the tiniest bit. Make sure your shoulders are down and back, especially at the canter. With the low headset that is desired for AQHA, it is VERY easy for horses to work completely on their forehand and leave their hinds trailing behind. This horse seems to be pulling himself up pretty well, but make sure you don't let him start slacking. I would like to see just a little more push from his hindquarters at the canter. His trot is very nice, I would just maintain his current gait, too much impulsion and he might get too antsy for what AQHA judges want to see. The canter, on the other hand, could use a smidgen more. Lastly, make sure you are always looking up and forward, not letting your eyes drop to check his headset too often.
That's about it for me. LOVE both horse and rider!!
Thank you so much! It's reassuring to know that an outside eye sees his potential. I know we still have a little ways to go but he has made tremendous improvement since we started with a trainer this summer!