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        03-09-2011, 10:17 AM
    Critique me and my Pony :)

    This is my POA mare, classie. She is about 18-19 years old and previous to me owning her she was ridden "unrespectfully" by little kids and because of this she had a lot of problems which I am still working on with her. One of these problems is rubber necking on circles which I am trying to break by keeping a steady outside rein. She also shrinks back behind the vertical so I give her some gas and make her march forward and give her more rein and it seems to help her head return to normal postion. She has a number of other things that I am working her through like head tossing and being stiff. So far I've been working with her for almost a week and I am taking her to a show this sunday for just one intro class, mainly just to get some feedback. I've shown her a number of times both english and western but this will be her first time out for dressage. So let me know what you think, and if you have any advice for me, thanks! :)

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        03-09-2011, 10:31 AM
    Green Broke
    First of all, she is very beautiful! She seems to be going on the vertical all the time from what I can see from the pictures, but from what you have said about her, its way better than what she was. What I see with you is that you need to put your heels down a little bit more, and turn your toes in a bit more. Other than that, you and her look good. Good luck at your show :)
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        03-09-2011, 11:34 AM
    Green Broke
    Classie looks classy
        03-09-2011, 06:48 PM
    She's very pretty! In these pictures I can't really tell if she's moving out, it looks as if her back is a bit hallowed, and she needs to get her butt more under her and hind legs tracking up. If she is having problems with that, the way to help it is mostly building up the back muscles. I've found that if you put the horse on a 20 meter circle at a trot, go down center line, slow down to a walk on center line, and switch directions at a trot, all on the 20 meter. It seems to keep the horse on their toes, and they have to be on the hind to change gaits that quickly. It also helps to improve bend. I tried to make an illustration, because it sounds so confusing in writing haha.
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        03-09-2011, 09:52 PM
    It looks to me like you guys will do great :)
    Your pony's hollow back may look like so because of her age or she isn't moving out like sixlets said.

    As for you it looks like in the first picture you have collapsed to the inside a little but I could be mistaken.
        03-11-2011, 10:39 PM
    Thanks for the tips! Im pretty sure the hallowed back is both her age and because she's been out to pasture for winter and just now gettin back into work. But I will try your excercise sixlets, thanks!
        03-11-2011, 11:35 PM
    Everyone has covered her pretty much. I would work on stretching down into your heel a little bit. In a couple photos it was scrunched up a tad bit. Very cute mare! Good luck =)
        03-12-2011, 01:17 AM
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    You and she look very, very nice. You strike me as a very solid rider and very focussed, too. There is an intensity of the way you are with her, and a bit of looking down goes with that. As you get more able to trust her and ride her from feel (which I bet you can do in your sleep!), you will not look down. YOu'd be surprised how much this simple thing will help to get her one inch more off her forehand.
    She is by her Appy nature a downhill and long backed hrose. No way around that and I think you are riding her with that in mind , making very fair demands of her. The contact to her mouth sometimes looks a bit hard, but that is very hard to tell in photos. AND, it might be what she needs. ONly you can tell.

    I might say to mix this up with some riding her on the buckle and letting her trot out without contact and then pick up contact slowly, riding long and low. Mix in some fun and she will give MORE when she is being worked.
        03-12-2011, 01:31 AM
    You guys look great! Beautiful horse! Have Fun!!!!
        03-12-2011, 02:32 AM
    You guys look great together. For her having been a lesson horse, she looks very responsive... I've seen some real disasters come out of school programs. One point of advice on her throwing her head in on the circle (and you've got the beginning of it by riding with more outside rein) is to shift your weight a little bit onto your outside seat bone. This gives her freedom to lift her ribcage and bend on the inside so she won't feel like she needs to fake the bend with her head. Ponies tend to be a little bit more sensitive to weight aids that larger horses. I saw this great clinic video on youtube before where this guy teaches a student on a lusitano how to get him bending better into half-pass by shifting her weight to the outside. By the end of it, he's doing half-pass and shoulder-in from a pretty much slack inside rein. Cool stuff!

    OK fine... I found the vid for you, lol I recommend watching all six parts. I know it's advanced stuff, but it has implications for other movements as well. Good luck and have fun :)

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