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    06-26-2010, 06:08 PM
  #1
Foal
First time, be gentle!

So I have a couple pictures, these are from the past month with my new girl Spring, ex sulky racer, only had her for 6 months. I've been riding for a while but there is much for me to learn. I know they aren't much to critique, Thanks for the effort though!

Go easy on me please!

Also, in the next pic, in my opinion she is behind the bit, how can I push her forward without losing the frame?


     
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    06-26-2010, 06:19 PM
  #2
Started
Look up, Scutterbotch! :)
     
    06-26-2010, 06:22 PM
  #3
Foal
I agree! By far my biggest issue!
     
    06-26-2010, 07:17 PM
  #4
Yearling
I was taught to look in the direction I want to go. Pretty easy- want to go right? Look right. A well trained horse will follow your movements and go right. If all you are asking her to do is look down, that's what she's going to do. Look at a point a couple inches above her ears.
     
    06-26-2010, 08:07 PM
  #5
Showing
Sshhh, I have the same problem . You look pretty good otherwise (though I don't ride english so don't take me for my word) LOL. The only things that really stick out at me is that your mare looks like she is avoiding the bit in the first picture and she looks a bit strung out in the second. She is also a bit on the forehand but with only a few months riding after being a harness horse for a time, she looks pretty darn good.
     
    06-26-2010, 08:26 PM
  #6
Foal
Thanks, she either goes way behind the bit or hollows her back way out and acts like a llama.
     
    06-26-2010, 08:27 PM
  #7
Showing
That's okay, lots of horses do that. The best thing for her is just more time under saddle.
     
    06-26-2010, 10:22 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by draftrider    
I was taught to look in the direction I want to go. Pretty easy- want to go right? Look right. A well trained horse will follow your movements and go right. If all you are asking her to do is look down, that's what she's going to do. Look at a point a couple inches above her ears.
I was taught the same thing, and since I have the same issue, my trainer always also said......you look down, that is where you will end up! True, I am afraid...........
     
    06-27-2010, 07:23 AM
  #9
Foal
Shameless Bump
     
    06-27-2010, 08:28 AM
  #10
Yearling
Hmmm she is nice overall but needs more muscle definitely. She is not really travelling well from behind she needs to track up so more leg but keep a feel on the reins as your pushing her on this will prevent all thg energy running out the front and she styood start to go into the correct outline.
Also drop your stirrups maybe 2-3holes your riding very short which means your perching and not able to be effective in your seat and leg aids. O and life your hands a tiny bit.
     

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