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post #11 of 17 Old 06-02-2009, 06:30 PM
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I'll comment on the horse a little. ;)

He's behind the vertical in many of the photos, and your hands look tense, so I'll assume you're pulling him into contact. Remember correct contact has nothing to do with you taking the slack out of the reins and feeling his mouth. Correct contact is when there is slack in the reins, and the horse moves to take the slack away. If he doesn't, then the contact is not correct!

This is why in some shots his back looks tense--his throatlatch and TMJ are tense (behind the vertical) which is translating into the tense back, which will leave his hind out behind him. He's a beautiful boy, so start him on some correct long and low, and leave the contact out until he's ready for it! Him being hot or nervous is no reason to scoop up the reins... work on him being calm first (which long and low will help him with).

Good luck! If you need anything in more detail, just let me know ;)

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post #12 of 17 Old 06-02-2009, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!

It really is something we're working on guys. This is only our third ride together and his third day at his new home. But I do appreciate the critique. I probably do have too much contact, even though I do try to be soft. I'm trying to work myself out of it. Right now if I give him too much rein he rushes around and won't slow down and stop. We're starting back to basics. With his owner he goes very nicely but since we're new to each other we need to work on some things. We are switching him to a different bit as well so that I don't have to have such a hold on the reins. With a different bit I can be so much softer with my hands. Please don't tell me I don't need to change bits because I've talked to his owner about it and she agrees. Until we get used to each other he's switching back. Right now he's in a very gentle rubber D snaffle. It's a little too soft for right now. But we will be switching back to it once we're working better with each other.

I do lots of ground work before we ride. We do lots of backing up in straight line, circles, serpentines, and spirals. We also do turns on the forehand and haunches. We do about 5 minutes of this before every ride.

Thanks again!

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post #13 of 17 Old 06-03-2009, 04:00 PM Thread Starter
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Just a follow up post. Switched to his other bit today and he was wonderful under saddle. I was able to be so soft and have much looser reins. He was reaching for the bit and moving out while not getting to excited or fast. It was a great ride! :]

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post #14 of 17 Old 06-04-2009, 09:50 AM
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what kind of bit are you using now?
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-04-2009, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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It's a gag bit. I've ridden him with one before and have very soft hands and am very giving when I'm riding in it. Here's a picture of him in it...

Although the bridle isn't the same one in this picture, the bit is the same.

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post #16 of 17 Old 06-05-2009, 07:12 AM
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what an amasing horse, he is an absolute stunner. You look liek a great rider too.

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post #17 of 17 Old 06-05-2009, 07:28 AM
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pretty picture
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