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        03-20-2012, 09:49 PM
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    Foal
    Critique HUS and Rider Please

    This is Dino, a 5 yr old appendix quarter horse. This year we are upgrading from open shows to quarter horse shows, and any advice is appreciated! I know he is probably loping here, but he likes to zip around so were starting to work on flunctuating speed (: any critique is appreciated!

         
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        03-20-2012, 10:13 PM
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    First off, you are really a very nicely matched pair! I think the judges will like you alot.
    I dont' do HUS, so my point of view is more general as to what is basic good equitation. I think you post very nicely. Super nicely. Your hands were the tiniest bit "busy" and I only noticed it because you had your wrists crooked . (I mean, that the wrist goes inward while your knuckles face outward), and your fingers are too open at times.
    You have a very typical hand position with your hands low and far apart, and a mildly overstraight elbow. To me, (my opinion), this doesn't look good. I would put a bit more bend in my elbow, raise my hands a bit and for sure, bring them closer together.

    I saw one point where you transitioned down to a walk and the horse raised his head and you "fiddled" his head back down again with your hands. If you had prepared him more with your seat and a core muscles, he might not have raised his head when transitioning down, and you would not feel the need to put his head back down.
    So, "hands together puts horse together". Don't pull or fiddle his head down. Straight line elbow to mouth , no bend in the wrist. Look up and prepare him for each transition first with your seat, then with the rein.
         
        03-20-2012, 10:19 PM
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    Foal
    Still figuring out this site...

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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    First off, you are really a very nicely matched pair! I think the judges will like you alot.
    I dont' do HUS, so my point of view is more general as to what is basic good equitation. I think you post very nicely. Super nicely. Your hands were the tiniest bit "busy" and I only noticed it because you had your wrists crooked . (I mean, that the wrist goes inward while your knuckles face outward), and your fingers are too open at times.
    You have a very typical hand position with your hands low and far apart, and a mildly overstraight elbow. To me, (my opinion), this doesn't look good. I would put a bit more bend in my elbow, raise my hands a bit and for sure, bring them closer together.

    I saw one point where you transitioned down to a walk and the horse raised his head and you "fiddled" his head back down again with your hands. If you had prepared him more with your seat and a core muscles, he might not have raised his head when transitioning down, and you would not feel the need to put his head back down.
    So, "hands together puts horse together". Don't pull or fiddle his head down. Straight line elbow to mouth , no bend in the wrist. Look up and prepare him for each transition first with your seat, then with the rein.
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    Thank you! I've been riding him for a year and both of us have improved dramatically. He was in a kinberwicke but I got him down to a snaffle. And I think we're a great pair too :) I'd leased him for 6 months and bought him for my first horse! I will work on my hands, and I don't mind his head set he does it naturally, but I cued my transition earlier and he didn't listen, so I pushed him out and punished him a little, then you just go on like nothing happened. But I will try to prepare him more thanks :)
         
        03-20-2012, 10:26 PM
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    Trained
    You two look really great together!
         
        03-20-2012, 10:41 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
    You two look really great together!
    Thank you! :)
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        03-20-2012, 11:01 PM
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    Trained
    Nice & steady, I like watching you two.
         
        03-21-2012, 11:03 PM
      #7
    Weanling
    First off, welcome to AQHA shows! What classes will you be showing in?

    I think your horse is cute. The biggest thing right now is for both the trot and canter, really work on lengthening his stride but trying to slow those legs down. You can stay up in your post a bit longer to make him match you.

    Also, have you considered a weighted fake tail?
         
        03-21-2012, 11:12 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GoAppendix    
    First off, welcome to AQHA shows! What classes will you be showing in?

    I think your horse is cute. The biggest thing right now is for both the trot and canter, really work on lengthening his stride but trying to slow those legs down. You can stay up in your post a bit longer to make him match you.

    Also, have you considered a weighted fake tail?
    Thank you! In very excited for this year. I will work on that. He is a wonderful horse but he gets a little excited, so I've been working on keeping him relaxed. And we were just schooling at home here, but I have a weighted 1" fake tail for him :)
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        03-21-2012, 11:18 PM
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    Weanling
    Pound of hair or pound of weight?
         
        03-21-2012, 11:20 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GoAppendix    
    Pound of hair or pound of weight?
    I believe it is a pound of hair, but in still trying to sell my .75lb fake tail so I can't get a new one until at least next year.
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