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post #1 of 21 Old 01-07-2010, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Critique my OTT mare

Hi, Here are 3 videos of my mare. She has been off the track for 3 months now. She never raced, just trained. She retired sound, just too slow. I have been having trouble putting "miles" on her because at the farm I was at we had no ring and the ground/weather has not been cooperative! I moved her recently to a farm with a small indoor and footed outdoor so she can get more rides on her and do something!
The first two are her first ride ever off the track.
The third is her a few days ago--she hadn't been ridden for a week, at a new place being ridden for the first time, with doors banging and wind howling! I would like a critique on her--what do you think she would be? I'm thinking hunter. What do you think of her movement? Obviously you can't tell much from just a walk and trot, but and opinions and comments appreciated!


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It looks to me like she has a very comfortable trot. I don't know much about hunters, but she looks very nice to me. It would definitely be worth a try. It looked to me like she was bulging her shoulders some. Of course I was not there so I can't know exactly what you were trying to do with her, but it looked like she was resistant to having her shoulders follow where you were wanting her to go (I can especially see this in the first video). It is never too early to start asking her to turn off the outside rein and get her to lead with her shoulder. This will help limber up her neck and shoulders and makes for more precise control of where her feet will go. You can do this in a small circle (10 or 15 meters or so) starting at the walk and eventually working up to the trot. Tip her nose to the outside but guide her with the inside rein through the circle, use your outside leg to get her to move her shoulders around the circle. It is hard for me to explain in words. I can demonstrate it in the saddle much better. This is a precursor to teaching the horse to ride shoulder in. Of course, you might already know all this. That is just the number one thing I noticed.

Good Luck with her!

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It looks to me like she has a very comfortable trot. I don't know much about hunters, but she looks very nice to me. It would definitely be worth a try. It looked to me like she was bulging her shoulders some. Of course I was not there so I can't know exactly what you were trying to do with her, but it looked like she was resistant to having her shoulders follow where you were wanting her to go (I can especially see this in the first video). It is never too early to start asking her to turn off the outside rein and get her to lead with her shoulder. This will help limber up her neck and shoulders and makes for more precise control of where her feet will go. You can do this in a small circle (10 or 15 meters or so) starting at the walk and eventually working up to the trot. Tip her nose to the outside but guide her with the inside rein through the circle, use your outside leg to get her to move her shoulders around the circle. It is hard for me to explain in words. I can demonstrate it in the saddle much better. This is a precursor to teaching the horse to ride shoulder in. Of course, you might already know all this. That is just the number one thing I noticed.

Good Luck with her!

Jubilee
Thank you fo the advice. The first two videos were of her first ride ever, so obviously she's not going to know what leg means or much of anything else, so that's why she was evading =) She's a good girl, I'm lucky to have such a quiet ex-race horse!
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Yeah, she definitely looks better in the last video. She does appear to be pretty quiet. I was like, "This horse was an ex-racer?" Lucky you. How old is she? I think she is going to make you a very nice mount.

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Yeah, she definitely looks better in the last video. She does appear to be pretty quiet. I was like, "This horse was an ex-racer?" Lucky you. How old is she? I think she is going to make you a very nice mount.
Thanks! She's 3, coming 4
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That's great! She is just barely getting started then. If you play your cards right then the options are limitless. She looks like a very nicely build girl. Just build up some of that muscle. I like her natural headset, she should have a nice topline after a bit of work.

Keep us posted on her progress!

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what a pretty girl !! Nice job with her so far =D

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what a pretty girl !! Nice job with her so far =D
Thanks! This is maybe her 15th ride :)
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My favorite thing about miss annie: she's so calm and quiet and she's got a great headset. I trust her alot.

My least favorite thing about miss annie: she's so quiet lol! She's alot of work to ride.

Have you had any lessons on her yet.
I had a booboo saturday, I stoped at the hill after leaving, and turns out my plug for the trailer brakes/lights was dragging on the ground down 113 on the way over- it kind of meltedish so I need to take it to Cotner. I hope you arent expecting me to pick her up anytime soon
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That's great! She is just barely getting started then. If you play your cards right then the options are limitless. She looks like a very nicely build girl. Just build up some of that muscle. I like her natural headset, she should have a nice topline after a bit of work.

Keep us posted on her progress!

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Thanks! I will keep posting videos of progress....I love my iPhone...very convenient video wise! Lol
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