Critique me and my (kind of) green horse
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding Critique

Critique me and my (kind of) green horse

This is a discussion on Critique me and my (kind of) green horse within the Horse Riding Critique forums, part of the Riding Horses category

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        09-08-2009, 11:00 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Critique me and my (kind of) green horse


    Isn't mine, but thinking about christmas time. How do we look? I don't want to get FLAMED, but some critique and advice is definitely cool

    Thank you!!!

    EDIT: Still getting used to him, so I know I'm bouncy. The last two seconds of the video explains his attitude. He needs work.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        09-08-2009, 11:14 PM
      #2
    Foal
    I believe he is tossing his head because you are really in his mouth with a pretty severe bit (from what I can see). If you want to have that much contact, you should go to a duller bit. Even if he is trying to canter forward, in western you should never hold them back like that. Work on circles and one-rein stops.

    What I do for a horse that really wants to canter fast, is I bring the horse to a safe arena and let him canter, and canter, and canter, with no contact whatsoever. The horse will finally relax and canter nicely because he realizes that there isn't a rush.

    Contact (in western) should only be used for asking the horse to do something, not just holding him back. Holding him back will only make him feel more trapped, and make him want to canter faster. That causes his head to shake.
         
        09-08-2009, 11:16 PM
      #3
    Foal
    I think you should release your reins more, let him have his head and see if he still throws it around like he does. If you release and he goes faster, just work on circles and spirals until he has slowed, and then let him back on the rail, if he gets super fast again, repeat...

    Looks good though!

    Good job staying on him while he tries to blast you into the fence.. haha.
    Little brat.
         
        09-08-2009, 11:17 PM
      #4
    Foal
    I agree with Jessi94 on the bit... what kind of bit do you have on him?
         
        09-08-2009, 11:26 PM
      #5
    Foal
    If I released his reins anymore than that, I think I would freak out about him balling off. However, I don't think he would, but I just can't let the reins TOO lose. I know they look tight, put I never pulled on them while we cantered, maybe if he tossed his head. It's not my bridle, so I can't speak for it, I just borrowed it. I am looking at head stalls on ebay, what kind of bits would you suggest for him? (LOL basically, a specific bit anyone??)

    What do you mine by spirals? And this pen is actually a pretty small circle, so you mean a tight circle in the middle of the pen?

    Also, why does a horse want to go faster and faster with a lose rein, or not want to calm down and walk? Excitement?

    Thanks dominoschica! He is definitely a brat sometimes, and I got save of the day award for that one! LOL I remember thinking, "OH s***, I'm about to go down" but next thing I knew, I was still clinging to him! I turned him straight around and told him to canter some more. He learns bad habits VERY, VERY, fast.
         
        09-08-2009, 11:34 PM
      #6
    Foal
    I don't know, when you look, the bit is pulled back, which means you have pressure on the reins, whether you actually pulled hard or not.

    Most of the time a horse will get excited on a loose rein because he has had someone in his mouth a lot... he's thinking "woo-hoo, I have my head! Let's go!" but if you always practice with a loose rein, they will learn that a loose rein doesn't mean go, it means... nothing really. They will get so much more sensitive in the mouth. Having a loose rein is much easier on the horse and the rider, it just takes a little work to get them to work that way. :)
         
        09-09-2009, 12:11 AM
      #7
    Yearling
    The very first thing I noticed is that you look really tense, causing him to be tense. A harsh bit will not fix anything, it will just mask the problem for a short time. I know a horse that if you put her in anything stronger then a loose ring snaffle she doesnt respond the the bit at all (though I use my legs and seat more then the bit).

    Here is the bit I use when I ride western:
    Pro-Craft Copper Mouth Tom Thumb Bit - Horse.com

    Here are some headstalls too:
    Pro-Craft? Biothane Tack - Horse.com
    Pro-Craft Braided Nylon Tack - Horse.com

    Reins:
    http://www.horse.com/Weaver-Braided-...ins-WDW23.html
    http://www.horse.com/Triple-E-Nylon-...ins-WDA07.html (my friend has those and I LOVE them)

    I think just slowly loosening them, only by an inch at a time. And lowering your hands and relaxing your body will help you pretty horse and you out a lot! :]

    Sorry, I didnt mean to tear your riding apart, I hope your okay with what I said!!!
         
        09-09-2009, 12:50 AM
      #8
    Foal
    Thank you eventer!! Aww, someone else thinks he is pretty! My mom and boyfriend aren't too crazy about his looks, but I LOVE duns!

    I've always thought Tom Thumbs were harsh though?
         
        09-09-2009, 01:19 AM
      #9
    Foal
    They don't like his looks? I think he's a pretty boy! :) Love those stocky horses.
         
        09-09-2009, 02:20 AM
      #10
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by samc230    
    Thank you eventer!! Aww, someone else thinks he is pretty! My mom and boyfriend aren't too crazy about his looks, but I LOVE duns!

    I've always thought Tom Thumbs were harsh though?
    What type of bit is he in now? I can't really tell.
    Im a mainly english rider, but I do know that bits with ports are much harsher then saffle/oval/french links. I only ride in a Tom Thumb when I ride western, rather then one of my english bits, but I do show western every once and a while and I want to make sure my horse is used to the feel of the bit.

    In the video, it looked like you had a shank, but I couldnt tell. So if he isnt, then I know a better bit, though it is for english (I know a few western ones, but they are a bit more expensive). So sorry for my dumbness in western bits! Im a mainly english rider. :]
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Help with a green broke horse bolder07 Horse Training 22 09-09-2009 01:30 PM
    Green Trainer/Green Horse wanderlust Horse Training 33 05-18-2009 04:01 PM
    green horse and rider horselover85 Jumping 3 05-14-2009 05:35 PM
    training a green horse onto the bit jazzyrider Horse Training 14 12-17-2007 01:07 AM
    Critique my green/pony hunter! StealingSociety Horse Riding Critique 1 03-14-2007 03:41 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:52 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0