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    09-24-2011, 12:56 AM
He's cute, but you need more horse!! He needs to be going forward more, he's hardly tracking under himself at the trot, and he's very behind the leg at the canter. Really work on getting him to stretch out and move forward. I wouldn't be as concerned about his head set right now, I would try to work on getting him more forward, then he can start using himself better, and develop his neck and headset and really move onto the bit and round his back. Does he cross canter like that on the lunge line? A good exercise is working on the lunge with side reins, really pushing him to move forward, and strengthen his back end, so that he can canter on the correct lead in the front and back. Your seat looks pretty good, I think once you work out some of his issues, you two will look great!! I know you said his training has been a little rocky, but keep at it, it will work out!! Do you work with a trainer regularly? Weekly lessons will help you work through your issues and give you the focus you need!! He is really cute though, love his color, can't wait to see updated photos and video!!
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    09-25-2011, 10:02 PM
Thank you all so much for the critiques!! Sorry I didn't reply sooner, I was at a show all weekend.
I definitely agree he needs to go forward, so many things to work on at once!
Someone mentioned I throw away the contact in the canter and he cross canters. Canter transitions are still REALLY rocky and I know that This spring we had no canter transition at all. I do give him a looser rein in the canter because he is SOO fussy about contact at first and if I straighten him with the outside rein even a little bit he starts swapping leads on me (He'll be very easy to train flying changed on someday ahhaha) So the no contact and cross cantering kinda sorta go hand in hand.
We had quite a few break threws this week in terms of going forward and contact (I rode him with a whip and wollaa brand new horse )
I showed him in Intro A,B and C today and he won both A&B with a 69% and C he got a 63%
And I do work with a trainer, I am a working student and ride 3-4 of her horses 2-3 times a week and bring Tee (horse in video) down for lessons regularly as well as show her videos every chance I get
Any more critiques would be wonderful!!
    09-26-2011, 02:28 PM
Originally Posted by AllyKatSki1    
We had quite a few break threws this week in terms of going forward and contact (I rode him with a whip and wollaa brand new horse )
Hee hee. Funny what carrying a little black stick can do for forward motion, ain't it? The other sure fire way to find out if they're putting you on it take the act out into a big open field. Suddenly a horse who was practically trotting dead lame in the confines of ring is producing a trot that would score a 10 at any show! My TB pulls that one all the time to try and trick me out of doing ring work. Glad you made some progress.
    09-28-2011, 11:31 PM
So here is a video from a show this past weekend (9.25)
This is intro C. What do you guys think any improvement?
    09-28-2011, 11:43 PM
Originally Posted by AllyKatSki1    
So here is a video from a show this past weekend (9.25)
Cruising for Trouble Intro C 9.25 - YouTube
This is intro C. What do you guys think any improvement?
You probably got a decent score because it was a fairly quiet test.

Beyond that you will not succeed in the higher levels without producing a more inspired test.

You still have a way to go but a quiet test is the starting point.
    09-29-2011, 06:59 PM
I think once you start riding forward you'll have some even better scores. Once he's actually engaged, your transitions will be so much better and not be an interuption in the cadance of the test.

Were you nervous that your horse was going to act up? I only ask because you looked like you were trying to not "rock the boat" the whole test.... posting really shallow/not really touching the saddle, staying light in the canter. It just looked like you were ready for an explosion.
    09-29-2011, 07:19 PM
I just seems like he is going through the motions - riding just as quiet as you are. Like you are trying to sneak up on him. And he is reflecting that. He is an attractive horse. But would love to have some kind of movement that says wow, look at him! Right now he is just a little flat.

It's like you are so afraid of making a mistake. Have you ever tried riding to music? Might get both of you moving.
    09-29-2011, 07:54 PM
Careful with the elbows. There is some tension there. Let them hang by your sides as if they were wet sacks of flour. Otherwise, I still think you need to get him out of his comfort zone a bit and playing with his trot gears, but I do like that you are not doing anything to knock him off balance. I actually like your strategy. Most of use work on forward/forward/forward first only to end up with a horse traveling on the forehand and then having to spend the next year or so working on getting them properly balanced. You're just addressing the balance part first, and hopefully planning on mixing in some impulsion into the act. Still like him!

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