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        08-16-2013, 06:52 PM
    Critique me and my Cowboy

    Ive had this boy for about a year now but only been doing weekly english lessons with him for a few months. I normally ride english.
    This is a clip from today throw any advice my way :) thank you

    He is a 5 year old QH, he was broke at 2 but pretty much sat until I bought him a year ago. He is very exaggerated about his head position at the walk but I'm sure he will smooth that out with time being a baby :)

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        08-16-2013, 07:18 PM
    I feel at the walk you need a LOT more leg. He needs to be marching, which will help with his deep headset (which is evasion)

    Also your stirrup leather could probably go down a hole as your knee is sticking up over your saddle and shoving your entire leg forward as a result.

    The entire ride would be lovelier with more leg into your hand. He's very heavy on his forehand and too deep with his contact as a result of evading. Get him to stretch, which includes not sitting his trot until he's really stretching out.

    Only once you can get him stretchy can you bring him "together" and start to really work his hind end properly, instead of just his front end.
        08-16-2013, 07:20 PM
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    You are a tidy rider and he's a very handsome boy. I think you have a ton of potential. Since he is so worried about the bit and wanting to come behind it, I would work on lots of "forward" without much concern for rein contact. Will he be good and forward on the lungeline? You can get him to think more forward and less about the bit now, and he'll be a great match for you.
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        08-16-2013, 07:23 PM
    I'd just love to add that the last few strides of your canter was much more balanced once you prepared him for the trot transition. It should be like that all the time.

    More leg, girly! Less hand. And drop your stirrup 1 hole.
        08-16-2013, 07:51 PM
    I would suggest following more with your elbows/hands at the walk and canter. He keeps hitting the limit at the canter and tossing his head. Nice moving horse overall though.
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        08-16-2013, 07:58 PM
    OK I'll drop my stirrup one. Thanks for all your encouraging words. This was about a month ago.. newer to the jumps. He's such a good willing boy <3

        08-16-2013, 08:18 PM
    I noticed you point your toes east and west pretty far. I'm not sure if its really a bad thing or just a "thing" I am also guilty....
        08-17-2013, 08:02 AM
    I think that's my comfort spot. I took lessons with a jumper trainer and he said "toes forward!" it kinda hurt my knee's but when I went back to hunter trainers they all said you want more calf against the sides and toes shouldn't be pointed as forward, I think because you pinch with the knee?

    Should I find the happy middle place between the two?
        08-17-2013, 12:25 PM
    If its your happy place and doesnt mess with anything else, why change it?
        08-17-2013, 02:12 PM
    I would like to see your toes way in, especially when jumping, it will help with so many things. I try and think less about "toes in" when I am riding, but more about contact all the way down your leg, I find that concentrating more about opening the hips, and then getting the large muscle on the inside thigh turned into the saddle more it improves the contact, and changes the way your leg hangs, giving you more of a foot forward position.

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