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        06-25-2008, 01:34 AM
    Yep he is a palomino. =] but he seems to be getting lighter in color every year........ lol
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        06-25-2008, 02:24 PM
    You have a multi-talented horse! He's a stunner.
        06-26-2008, 03:52 PM
    Did anybody else notice she lost her stirrup in the 14th picture?
    You guys look awesomeeee!
        06-27-2008, 04:22 PM
    Hey everyone. Well im planning on insuring dusty and I was wondering what amount I should insure him for. He is consistantly jumping 3'6 and is out competing people in my area. He is a 15.1 quarter /morgan mix and is 9 years old this year. What do you guys think???
        06-27-2008, 06:32 PM
    Congrats on the show!

    Small coment on the dressage.. your saddle looks a tad too far forward, slide it back a bit. Also, be careful not to let your horse drop BTV. Add more leg and get him to really track up.

    Now for the jumping.

    First, your horse.
    I must say, he is a carefull jumper! Big verticals are quite the challange to jump cleanly. He is also a very flat jumper. Nice for an equitation course,as he won't jar you out of position, but he can stand to be more round. Teach him to use his head and neck over the fence by getting him deep to his fences. Right now, he's taking off very far form the fence, as I think this spot makes it easier for him to clear the fence with the flat form he has now. Teach him that it is actually easier for him to get closer to the base and round over the jump instead of blasting straight above it. Not only is this a prettier jump, it is also more practical as the horse uses all the power in his more muscular back end. Lots of grids and bounces will get him cracking his back and really sitting back on his hocks. Ride him collected to each fence.

    Now for the rider.
    You are a strong rider, but could use just a few touch ups. Position your stirrup so that it is angles scross the ball of oyur foot with the outside brach leading the inside. This will allow your aknkle to be more flexible and sink that heel deeper. A deeper heel will help keep your sliding lower leg in place. I'd also horten your stirrups a big hole, especially at the large height you are jumping. This way you will have a lighter seat and you wont feel as though you have to throw your upper body forward to keep up with your horse over the larger jumps. Also, don't annticipate each jump by excessively folding with your uper body over the jump and at takeoff. At takeoff, you want to be off your horses front, so that he can rock back and get that front off the ground. Give him more of a release. He looks really restricted, and is unable to use his neck. He needs alot more rein.
    Overall, just ride less agressively and more smoothly, even for a jumper course. Your horse needs to sitback before each fence, yet your body position is telling him to go go go.

    Keep up the good work!
        06-30-2008, 05:17 AM
    Sorry to sound clueless, but what does BTV stand for? :) ....oh....behind the vertical?

    Ak_showgirl, are you looking to insure for his market value in his area? What sort of things are factored in when considering valuing a horse not for sale but for coverage in case of death or theft...what would it cost to replace him with a like horse. I really don't know, but look forward to hearing from others more experienced with such things. I wonder if his training and experience outside of jumping should also be considered also.
        07-01-2008, 11:01 PM
    I think your horse looks great! And the jumps were taken good...possible a tiny litte bit back than they should of, but not too bad.
    Your horse is soo pretty though.
    I love himm!!!
        07-01-2008, 11:30 PM
    You seem to be doing pretty well . . . . Here are my coments . . . On most of the jumps you seem to be pretty centered but in a few you seem to be slightly of center . . . Like you were leaning slightly to one side and also in those same pics you horse seems to be slightly further to one side of the jump than the other . . . Also I saw that one that you lost your sturrip . . . You need to keep those . . . Hehehe
        07-10-2008, 05:00 PM
    This horse is amazing!!
        07-11-2008, 02:01 AM
    Fantastic horse, stunning scenery in the background and you both look fab!!

    10 points forom me!!

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