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post #1 of 9 Old 06-30-2011, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-01-2011, 07:00 AM
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Cute horse, still very green.

If he were mine, I don't think I'd be showing him at this level yet, I might keep him home and really confirm the basics, perhaps do local schooling shows.

He appears to have good, natural, tidy form over fences and plenty of scope. However, he was running/pulling to the fences and never found a balanced, rhythimic canter, which is part of the reason he never found consistent distances. I would not jump a course on him without a readily available simple change or a real flying change. Needs much more work on that balanced, rhymthic canter and gymnastics.

The dressage test shows a horse that's being pulled down into a frame, rather than taught to correctly move up into the bridle, and he appears rapid and rushed throughout the test. He needs to be ridden with lots of big half halts and just work on maintaining a steady pace.

He seems to be a cute willing guy with some talent, I would hate to see him pushed too far too fast.

I am not terribly impressed with your trainer.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-01-2011, 08:57 AM
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Red face

Your boy definitely has some jumping talent there, although I'm afraid I can't say the same for your trainer. Those jumps were taken very nicely, although I'd stay off his mouth and let the horse jump, he knows how to get over them, so let him.

As for your dressage test, please tell your trainer not to pull on his mouth! You have to focus on many more collections in order to show him correctly in these tests. His working trot started out at a nice tick-tock, but then your trainer sped him up with posting too fast. In order to slow a horse's trot while posting you need to slow your body and he'll understand. The trot to walk transitions need to be breathed out a bit more instead of just pulling on his mouth. Then in the canter, he was almost spooked by the random aid you gave him. In order to get the smooth canter transition you need to collect him a bit and let him know that you're about to ask something of him before giving the aid. He is a great looking boy, and I would suggest getting a new trainer to further this guy. He looks great in air but no amount of pumping or rein pulling is going to get him to the next level. And just try a test with longer sturips next time. Hunt seat in a dressage test looks a bit funny, haha, and both you and your horse will gain better balance.

He has wonderful gaits once he is slowed down, and I hope you continue his training, its great that he is this far along and is only five! Good luck!


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Thank you for your answers

I think that you both pointed something out to me - that I have been thinking about for a while. I think that my Trainer has been rushing him and needs to let him grow up more. He is a very willing horse & we forgot that he is still a baby. I need to work with her to create balance for him.

Changing trainers would be difficult do because of geographic limitations. However, we are having Elizabeth Madlener coming to the barn next weekend for a Dressage training clinic. And at the end of the month Don Sachey is giving both a stadium & xc clinic, at the barn. Jen is riding Rageous for both of them. After the rides, I will talk to both of them & ask them to talk to my trainer.

Thank you for taking the time to critique him.

Also, can you guess what he is crossed with?

Thank you

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Is he a knabstrupper cross?

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He is 1/2 Friesian.
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Wow! I would have never thought. I wouldn't mind having a horse like him! xD

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He is a beautiful horse and he's got loads of potential and natural talent. However, like maura said, I think you may be rushing him a bit. Five is pretty young to be doing courses like that, especially showing at that level. My old coach had a friend that broke her 2 year old, jumped him at 4, and he came down with navicular syndrome at age 6 and could never be ridden again. Just something to take into consideration.

He's got gorgeous movement, by the way. I can see him going a long way in the show ring. =]

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-02-2011, 07:25 PM
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He does seem a little speey, I also agree with above posters.
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