Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Between two places in Canada!
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I don't have time for a full critique but I will say in your stop picture you definitely need to lower your hands. What you've done is drag your hands up trying to pull his motion back. This brought him out of a frame and hollowed out his back.
Your stop should come from your seat. After looking at pictures of this horse and how he moves, I would say you could probably get about 70% of your stop from your seat. You should be able to fold your legs lightly against the side of your horse, like whipped cream, settle your seat, and get a whoa. I can jump an entire course on my jumper at a full STRONG prelim pace canter, and drop my reins on his neck and get a stop. It took me about a year to get that, but he'll stop and stay in his frame with a good rounded back.
You lift your hands, your horse lifts his head.
If you stopped less off your hands, you would get a nice, tight, quality stop, more then likely square, and probably not have been eliminated (unless the horse "dances" or fidgets)