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post #11 of 19 Old 11-24-2010, 07:57 AM
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Agreed Maura, I believe the NSH neck should be long, set high and relatively upright - with a pronouced crest. NSH must also show high carriage when showing. I love this horse :) she's very beautiful.
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-24-2010, 10:52 AM
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Your hand/arms look good, I've always been told that you should have a straight line from your elbows, down the reins to the horses mouth and its like perfect. Your stirrups look about right I judge it by putting my legs straight down and the stirrup should land at your ankle. But I like mine short so I feel its personal preference. You look good just maybe a little stiff but good position ;) Better than mine I've always had problems with my hand/arms
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post #13 of 19 Old 11-24-2010, 05:18 PM
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Am I the only one that noticed the western curb bit??

OP - when you are riding with a western curb - the contact should not be so tight! If you are serious about English riding - switch to a snaffle.

Good luck!
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-24-2010, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Am I the only one that noticed the western curb bit??

OP - when you are riding with a western curb - the contact should not be so tight! If you are serious about English riding - switch to a snaffle.

Good luck!
It's a correction bit; my aunt told me to ride her in it so I did, and she had me riding on that amount of contact. I was wondering that too, but oh well
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-24-2010, 05:24 PM
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There is no such thing as a "correction bit". No bit can "correct" training or riding.
You should be riding in a simple bit which allows you to ride correctly. Never should a leverage bit alone have that much contact on it.
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-24-2010, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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^I think that's what it's called though. I don't know, they show in the arabian show ring a LOT and I wasn't going to contradict them.
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post #17 of 19 Old 11-24-2010, 07:07 PM
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Saddleseat is the only English discipline where a curb bit with contact is acceptable. You wouldn't be allowed to show her like that, if you had any plans to do so.

Just ask next time why you're not working her in a simple snaffle-- she'll get HARD on that bit if she's bein' ridden with contact like that all the time-- we currently have my show horse in a snaffle to restore softness, which is restoring headshake.
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I'll mention it next time I go out there....something like "is this a western bit? I heard you're only supposed to ride in these bits english if it's saddleseat. Can I try her on a snaffle?"
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post #19 of 19 Old 11-26-2010, 08:34 PM
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Your horse is a great mover. You need to put more weight in your heals and get them down. That will help you anchor in the saddle and stay put. Her head should be placed at wither or just above with a definite arch. Make sure she is on the bit and not behind it ( you get dinged heavily for that). Also work on getting her to hold a consistent headset. Otherwise you guys are looking good.

Ps. Work in a snaffle and if you need the leverage go to a kimberwicke but remember soft hands.
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