This is me and my trainers horse at my most recent show. This was just a flat class. Please tell me what you think. (The horse is a quarter horse, and I was 12 years old at the show- it has been a while since my last show)
P.s. I had to take the pictures off of my tv because my dad taped the show on a camcorder. That's why they are bad quality.
Are you showing hunter jumper or english pleasure? For a stock horse (quarter horse) you have him WAY over collected. You idealy want his neck level to the ground with him reaching forward and out with his nose so he's perpindicular or just beyond. Also, you stirrups are way to short.
I agree his nose is behind the vertical and he needs to be ridden more from behind. Leg into hand rather than the other way around.
Not a critisism but a question on the stirrups.
I've noticed in a few of the photos on here that stirrups are shorter (sometimes a lot) than I would ever ride on the flat and for trail riding. Is it an accepted length in America?
I'm just interested in the way other countries do things that's all.
I can't be sure of the class but if I had to guess it almost looks like a road hack type of class. In this class type the horse will tend to have a more rounded appearance but I agree with the others that the head is behind the verticle and not where it should be. What I did notice is the way you hold the reins with the rein fully through the hand and all fingers around the reins (pic 4) and what this does is put a lot of pressure on the bit. The horse's jaw is not relaxed and this could be the reason. A long time ago I was told that the fewer fingers around the rein usually the softer the hold. Try holding the reins with just 4 or even 3 fingers.
I also agree that the stirrups could be a hole or two longer and this would give you a more balanced and "neater" position.
This was a hunter jumper flat class. Yes I actually agree with his head problems, but like I said this is my trainers horse and when I asked him for collection that is what he gave me. However, I do not agree with just because he is a quarter horse that he should have the low western head set. My stirrups ARE way to short but I had a jumping class right before this class and I just either forgot to, or didnt change them. Also, this happened just before this class:
(That was on the photographers website, yes it is me and the horse)
So I was a bit shaken up. But thank you all
I can see your point that he was showing in a hunter jumper class, my point was if you were showing english pleasure at a non hunter/jumper show you would not be competative the way he was carrying his head/neck. Its very hard when its not your own horse. I would still try to soften him up and relax his head carriage.