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    04-30-2009, 09:05 AM
Talking Critique my thoroughbred and I Please!

Here is some videos of my 9 year old thoroughbred max, He's a green bean tell me what you think (don't critique him to harshly), All of the jumps are 2', 2'3, or 2'6. Thanks!

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    04-30-2009, 04:13 PM
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No critique here! Just wanted to stop by and say he's adorable!! He looks like he loves his job :)
    04-30-2009, 04:50 PM
Thanks he loves his job for the most part its a new adventure everyday with him lol but he is a very good boy
    04-30-2009, 07:55 PM
The biggest thing I see is the running martingale. It is way too tight for jumping. He cannot use his head and neck at all over the jump and it is teaching him to jump very hollow. If he is green and learning to jump this is teaching him a very bad thing. I also thing jumping in a standing martingale is extremely dangerous. I would only use a running martingale and in eventing standing martingales are illegal. If he cannot jump without the martingale like that then he should not be jumping. It either needs to be loosened up alot or switch to a running martingale. Besides that, not bad. Your position is pretty good. Sorry I can't say more, I don't critique from videos that well.
    04-30-2009, 08:16 PM
I was going to make a similar comment about the martingale. Your horse seems to have a nice steady rhythm and you have a nice non-interfering way of riding. Do you even need that extra gear? He's a bit happy in some spots, but it hardly looks like he's about to run off with you and it may even be in response to the martingale.
    04-30-2009, 08:49 PM
I ride him in a very tight martingale to teach him to keep his head down and over the jumps he will throw his head up high I just started this two weeks ago because it is his new habbit he never used to do anything like that before, and I have never used a martingale on him before then, my trainer did this with her TB and he broke from throwing his head immediately. I don't use a martingale at all during the shows, this is simply for at home ring purposes and I throw my reins at him over the jumps so he has all the head he needs. Basically he is a brat and picks up unexpected habits.
    04-30-2009, 08:56 PM
I'm a little confused. In your initial post you said he's a good boy. Now you say he's a brat? Which is it? If your horse has picked up a bad behavior, you are better off finding the cause and fixing it through proper training. Your reason for using a martingale seems to constitute a punishment rather than a training solution.
    04-30-2009, 09:08 PM
He is a great horse, a great mover, and looks great, he has bratty habbits. The proper training is a tighter martingale, the trainer I use has been training for 25 years and does this with all horse that throw their heads, its no where near punishment. If it was a punishment he would be fighting me and throwing his head a lot more with it tighter. As I said, I have only used this for two weeks, but never used one before that. I will use it next week and then I wont use it again, and I guaruntee that he will not throw his head again. And what would your proper training be to prevent him from throwing his head?
    04-30-2009, 09:42 PM
I don't know your horse, so I have no idea of why he started throwing his head up. The solution would depend on why he's doing it. I'm not a trainer, and only have to work with my one horse, but I firmly believe that gadgets only produce band-aid style fixes to problems.

When I first got my 5 year old OTTB, he immediately started testing me by trying to pull the reins out of my hands and throwing his head around at the trot. I ignored several suggestions from trainers around the barn who suggested side reins, martingales and draw reins. One even told me to use a harsher bit. (sigh) Instead I just rode him threw his fits, ignoring them, until he gave up on it. It only took a few rides before he lost interest in it.

Your horse looks like he's enjoying his job. I hope your method works for you.
    04-30-2009, 10:17 PM
He is lovely. :) Very nice lead changes. He looks very sane and happy in his work, as well. Although I will say he looked a little heavy in the forehand. Along with what the above posters said. But other than that, you both look very nice.

You have nice, solid legs, btw. I'm so sick of seeing people bucketing over 3 foot fences with flopping legs and toes that are pointed practically to the ground.

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