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post #1 of 11 Old 04-03-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Critique my mare! - video

I got some stopping footage today FINALLY, it's at the end.

She was fabulous and to be fair I was really hungry and loped a few circles then stopped so she wasn't adequately tuned up (as in worn out a bit). Which cause our rundowns to not be perfect. Not to concerned though, I'm going to spend the next few weeks not stopping at all really and just working on rundowns. She's been stopping AWESOME lately. She's even circling really soft.

One of the stops is kind of slowed down, I did that because the camera skipped and made the stop REALLY fast, so this is a compromise aha.

Wish I got some spinning footage, but I didn't even think to do that.

I should add she's a QH reining mare, by Smart Like Juice out of a Lil Ruf Peppy mare.

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-06-2012, 02:41 PM
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Her poll is dipping below her withers for a few strides, the coming back up, then going down...etc. That's a no-no no matter what is in style. That's all I got since I'm not confident enough in my western riding to say anything else! BTW super jealous of the arena you ride in!
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Heads a little low for me but I like how she uses her rear to stop!
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I dont' do reining, but I thought you two looked good. I liked that you weren't snip snapping on the rein to get a headset, and I liked that the mare seemed relaxed as evidenced by how immediately after her sliding stop, she stood loosely and chewed and seemed pretty nonchalant about it.
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The head I actually do agree with. She's very sensitive and when you work her to get her soft she ends up down there. I do A LOT of trying to pick it up, I don't really work on putting the head down - rather getting the body in line. Sometimes the ends up with her too low. The up and down is probably because during the ride I'm pushing her body around and again she's sensitive. Definitely something to work on improving though thank you! I've been working on making her soft when I pick up my hand lately, so now it's time to smooth it out and make that head and neck more "solid".

Thankfully in the reining pen as long as your head isn't doing extreme things they don't pay to much attention to it. It just effect the overall picture.

And Tinyliny if you bump on her face she gets crazy over bridle (back to the sensitive thing). She works much better if you just hold your hand and push her with your legs. Much nicer way to ride too, we both stay happy :) I'm not a bumper, or at least I try not to be (used to have a bad habit years ago, taken awhile to get it to where it is) I don't think its truly effective. And when there are times I maybe do actually need to bump a bit I want it to really mean something so it's something I save until it's a last resort option.

She's in heat right now, and boy she overreacts to the bit. I gave up riding her this week because this is her first "spring" heat and I'm not trying to go anywhere at the moment I have a month before the first horse show.

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Hard to really see the tops other than the last one that looks good-the video speeds up, stutter stops, slows down.......

Circles look good-I agree with you-her head carriage is fine. Reining is not like pleasure. I like how you stay out of her mouth and let her do her job.

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Sorry the video camera was tiny hence all the funniness going on.

I've really worked on getting her to round up and bridle through my legs, it's really good to the right and decent to the left. A month till the first show which is only a QH show. I'm glad to be going to one of those before a reining show just to get the kinks out and see what I need to improve on.
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Wow this might be late but it was absolutely wonderful watching you. I primarily do English but I like to watch and dream about doing some Western with my horse..

Those sliding stops were so awesome! Your butt didn't move a muscle when she went into it.. that's a great seat!

You two make a great pair. I can definitely see how sensitive she is watching you lope her around.

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I'm also late to reply back =P

Thank you very much.

She is a very sensitive horses. Didn't fully appreciate how little leg she requires till I got on my friends gelding who is actually also a sensitive horse but still needs way more leg aha.
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Wow, very nice little mare. How old is she? She looks like she is very smooth to ride? And I agree, it's nice to see you stay out of her way while she works and not be hauling on her face like I so often see.

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