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        05-26-2009, 10:06 AM
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    I don't know if this link will work or not... we are "Just a Top Vantage". He's only 3 so please take that into consideration when you critique him. The last pics are of us western and they are awful. I really fell apart. My shoulders are slumped, I'm looking down, I'm hunched and forward, my legs are forward... I don't know what happened!

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        05-26-2009, 01:01 PM
    I'm sorry I have to say it - I hate that HUS people have draped reins while under english saddle.

    Anyways, not your fault, it's a trend - but one that drives me batty!!

    You can really see the consistency in the stride - some pictures look photoshopped because he's in the same position and the background has changed! He really is quite cute.
    You really need to work on those shoulders and arms - shoulders rolled back, chest open, looking up, arms bent, wrists straight and thumbs on top :)
    I think you two are an awesome pair that can really do well, just need more miles in the showring!
        05-26-2009, 01:58 PM
    Cute pics Jenny (but you look like you are 12 years old (lol))
        05-26-2009, 10:20 PM
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    Thanks guys! Ugh...shoulders back and look up! You'd think it would be engraved by now! And Bill... they actually thought I was in the wrong class when I went into my age group for Amatuer... I had to tell them my age.... teehee... They thought I was a youngin!
        05-27-2009, 06:26 AM
    Some day you will appreciate that!
        05-27-2009, 07:45 AM
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    (but you look like you are 12 years old (lol))
    Yeah, I thought that too.

    He's cute. How tall is he at 3 yo?
        05-27-2009, 12:37 PM
    So first off your horse is so cute and so well mannered for a 3 yr old!

    You are looking down in a lot in the pictures and in turn that brings your whole upper body forward- with you it is slightly but I see it :)

    Also your heal isn't really down- it's more level, id like to see them down more

    Lastly is it really necessary to wear the spurs? This may totally be a personal opinion but when they are young I hate to use and aid - it just makes them learn to ignore it at a younger age ya know?

    JDI I can't stand HUS either but Farm that isn't your fault :)
        05-27-2009, 12:52 PM
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    Kitten Val, I haven't "sticked" him in a while but last summer he was just about 15.3 some I'm geussing he's still right around there...

    Kchfuller, He is spur-broke so the spur is actually used as an aid to slow him and stop. It isn't used to make him go, that's just a "flutter" of the lower leg.... He will ride w/out them though....
        05-27-2009, 01:04 PM
    This is not a knock at you Farmpony, but rather WP in its entirety ... you wouldn't need to spur stop if you kept contact, and rode from leg-seat-hand ;)
        05-27-2009, 01:12 PM
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    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
    This is not a knock at you Farmpony, but rather WP in its entirety ... you wouldn't need to spur stop if you kept contact, and rode from leg-seat-hand ;)
    Being an hunt rider switching over the the AQHA world... I can completely agree w/ what you said! I just...well... Go with the flow? It's definitely a different world for me. I think that is why I'm having such a difficult time with the transition...

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