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        12-03-2007, 09:17 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Critique please

    This is Pilot if you could, Could you do a critique for me? I know that they are not the greatest but he doesn't like to stand still too much.





    And a short video clip of him trotting.
    http://s28.photobucket.com/albums/c2...t=e29b5e9d.flv

    Please tell me what you think. He is a 10 year old Quarter/Arabian cross. He has just been used as a trail horse all his life and for the past year has not been ridden very much at all. I am now using his as an english pleasure horse.

    And here are a few from November 12th at our first show. We hadn't been working that much seriously because from July till about October I had been doing nothing but just getting him to calm down and relax. This is show was with about 1 month of serious training. And since then he has improved quite a bit. I will try and get more recent pics for you so you can see how much he has improved. But what do you think? I know that I have piano hands and that I have allowed my leg to slip forward in these pics already.

    Green horse walk trot
    http://www.printroom.com/ViewGallery...61&image_id=46

    English pleasure walk trot
    http://www.printroom.com/ViewGallery...t=20&scount=16
         
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        12-03-2007, 10:16 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    What a cute face! And beautiful color! Have you been braiding/bagging his tail? It looks like you have been because it's curly. Good idea since it's a little scraggly. =)

    I like that you have very light contact on his mouth in the photos from your show. He looks to be carrying himself well without needing you to mess with his head! But remember to keep your thumbs up a little more. No "puppy paws" or "piano hands" or whatever you want to call it! I know, it wasn't an Eq class, but you can still have good Eq!

    Keep up the good work! He definitely has that "I want to show off" look!
         
        12-04-2007, 06:46 AM
      #3
    Super Moderator
    I really like his neck. Overall nice horse. Somehow his toes look to me too long (and with wrong angle with the bone). But may be it's just a pic.
         
        12-04-2007, 07:47 PM
      #4
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val
    I really like his neck. Overall nice horse. Somehow his toes look to me too long (and with wrong angle with the bone). But may be it's just a pic.
    No you were right. His toes were a little long in those pics. They were taken back in the first week that I had him. And hadn't had the farrier out yet. They are much better trimmed now.

    And he does have a very good natural head carriage. Even when I am just leading him he will carry himself very well. And yes I have been braiding and bagging his tail. And it is looking MUCH better. Right now though I have his tail wrapped up in some vetwrap, because the field that he goes out into is a big mud pit in one area that he just loves to go trampling to.
         
        12-04-2007, 09:07 PM
      #5
    Weanling
    Because he has been out of work for so long, he has no topline muscle. I would suggest lunging him in side reins. Start them loose and as he starts to build up his muscle and carry himself (he will start to look for contact, and you will notice his neck and back flexing) then shorten them. If you are not comfortable using sidereins then don't.
    When you lunge, do it for about 15 minutes, and then ride for no more than 20. Don't ask your horse to bring his nose in, ride him forward and ask him to carry himself using your lower ab muscles and asking with your inside leg to pick up his back end when the inside hind leg comes up (so in rising trot, when you go up squeeze with your inside calf).

    After a few weeks of this, you should see some topline development.
         
        12-05-2007, 05:16 PM
      #6
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Stepher
    Because he has been out of work for so long, he has no topline muscle. I would suggest lunging him in side reins. Start them loose and as he starts to build up his muscle and carry himself (he will start to look for contact, and you will notice his neck and back flexing) then shorten them. If you are not comfortable using sidereins then don't.
    When you lunge, do it for about 15 minutes, and then ride for no more than 20. Don't ask your horse to bring his nose in, ride him forward and ask him to carry himself using your lower ab muscles and asking with your inside leg to pick up his back end when the inside hind leg comes up (so in rising trot, when you go up squeeze with your inside calf).

    After a few weeks of this, you should see some topline development.
    Thanks for the tips. I will start working on that. And lunging with him doesn't exactly work too well. He gets WAY too excited and then I can't slow him down without making him almost fall over making the circles smaller and smaller. Riding only for him.
         
        12-06-2007, 07:02 AM
      #7
    Super Moderator
    My girls don't like lunging either: one gets too excited, other one doesn't want to move much. Lol! When the excited one getting too hot I let her run free in ring (without letting her stop). After 5 mins of galloping she's managable to lunge. The lazy one doesn't mind to run when I run by her side so I do it sometime.
         

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