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post #1 of 6 Old 10-08-2013, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Critique Rocky Mountain horse and my riding

This is not my best riding, but it's all I have at the moment. I know I'm sitting back on the cantle with my legs too forward... I'd just about licked this but riding in front of a camera totally made me forget to scootch forward :)

I'm looking for the good and bad both with Yankee's movement and my riding.

Yankee is the first gaited horse I've trained and only the second young horse I've started. He is a 4 year old Rocky Mountain gelding. He's only just starting to get the hang of neck reining.

Thanks for any advice!


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Nice horse! First thing, your hands are way to high and when your horse loped, your arms were like wings flapping. Your legs and thighs need to open and be back more for better cuing and sit more on your seat bones and shoulders back. Looked like you were enjoying yourself, that is the most important part of riding, otherwise, what's the point, right?
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Nice horse! First thing, your hands are way to high and when your horse loped, your arms were like wings flapping. Your legs and thighs need to open and be back more for better cuing and sit more on your seat bones and shoulders back. Looked like you were enjoying yourself, that is the most important part of riding, otherwise, what's the point, right?
Thanks. Yea I was doing the funky chicken, huh? Not usual for me, but Yankee's been just relearning how to canter properly and wasn't exactly smooth... and was bucking on the previous canter on the opposite lead which I forgot to put into this video.

I do love riding him, Yankee is an awesome horse.

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he IS a nice horse. It's no wonder you like him.

I kind of agree with Waresbear. I think you are riding his mouth a bit much. I mean, you have quite a bit of contact, to which he sometimes seems to be a bit braced against. Maybe he is getting that way becuase he does not get enough of a noticeable release when he DOES give to contact.
You do much better at the walk and gait than canter and your position is not as bad as you make it out to be. But, at the canter, you get a bit braced in the body, which is what cuases your arms to want to flap. The motion has to be absorbed in the hips, or it will come out the upper body, and flapping arms is a prime result of that. Thing is, when you are flapping, it means the bit contact will be uneven, too. It looks like he gets excited at the canter, but even so, let him have a release from the bit once he earns it. So, if he is ignoring the bit, get strong enough that he doesn't ignore it, then release bigtime. Not inbetween contact the whole time.

You have done well with this horse and show potential to be a very nice rider.
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He looks like a nice horse, but must agree, too much on the mouth.
Out of curiosity, why is the walk so fast, and think why is he swishing his tail nonstop?

At the canter.. he is crossfiring around 2 min mark, and on the other hand as well..
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Nice looking boy. He's a very forward mover isn't he?
That's probably why the swishing, agitation, and fast walk...he want's to go go go and I can see you are working to keep him on a slower pace.
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