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    03-15-2012, 10:14 AM
  #1
Foal
flatwork/dressage critique

Hi all,

My horse is currently out with an injury so i'm not really riding at the moment but this was a photo of us at our last competition together.

It was just an in house competition at my pony club and my friend was using my dressage saddle so please excuse the all purpose and my therefore slightly short stirrups....



I know I need to lift my chin, roll my shoulders back and lift my hands.. but is there anything else that i'm missing??
     
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    03-15-2012, 01:48 PM
  #2
Yearling
He looks to be moving out nicely! He is a little teenie bit behind the vertical, however. If you were to move your hands forward a couple inches, I think that problem would be fixed. Nice horse, hope he gets better soon!
     
    03-15-2012, 02:06 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
I agree. All in all , you look super and the horse is moving sweetly. His face and head is just a bit scrunched down into his neck. If you can leg him have an inch or two of rein and keep him moving energetically into the freedom, that is the only improvement I can see from one photo. How did you do?
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    03-15-2012, 08:21 PM
  #4
Foal
Won our hack class and got 2nd in my rider class :) didnt do so crash hot in the sporting since he kind of loses his mind doing it (i swear it's the arab in him!) and we got 2nd overall in the showjumping.

I've always had a bit of a problem with his head set. I had to train him to be ridden with a bit as he'd always been ridden in a hackamore. For nearly 6 months he'd just chuck his head every which way and try to avoid the bit but eventually he's accepted his - sometimes he tucks his head too much though. Work in progress still :)
     
    03-15-2012, 08:24 PM
  #5
Foal
This was us not all that long ago. First ride back since his injury



Sorry for the shocking angle - my friends arent all that good with cameras lol
     
    03-15-2012, 08:26 PM
  #6
Yearling
I actually like his head and overall look in the second picture. Glad to see he's getting better!
     
    03-15-2012, 08:29 PM
  #7
Foal
He's a bit more relaxed when he's not at shows :) we had our first competition back on the weekend. Just did a led class and a presentation class but the photographer is a friend and I think she might have gotten some of us warming up. When I get them i'll post - I already know I was looking down and my stirrups were too short >_<' i've got to break that habit!
     
    03-16-2012, 02:58 AM
  #8
Trained
Lovely horse :)

He does however definitely look to move like a hack and not a dressage horse. A video would be useful, but from looking at these photos, I can see quite a lot of tension and I would say that he's moving his legs, but not his back - very much a hackie thing ;)
If you want to get into dressage as well as hacking, it would be useful to find a good dressage coast - you won't have too much trouble doing that considering your location!
Once he starts using his back, you will get a lot more length of stride and freedom through the joints.
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    03-16-2012, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Lovely horse :)

He does however definitely look to move like a hack and not a dressage horse. A video would be useful, but from looking at these photos, I can see quite a lot of tension and I would say that he's moving his legs, but not his back - very much a hackie thing ;)
If you want to get into dressage as well as hacking, it would be useful to find a good dressage coast - you won't have too much trouble doing that considering your location!
Once he starts using his back, you will get a lot more length of stride and freedom through the joints.
thanks Kayty :) he's only been worked with a bridle on for a year so i've had a lot of trouble trying to accept the bit when he's been ridden in a hackamore his entire life...

This was one of the last times I rode him and was filmed:


It's over the space of less than a week with the two clips. Sadly my coach got snapped up by a lady who's trialling for the olympics so he moved down to sydney :( was such a bugger he's the first trainer who's actually been able to connect with Star.

Also please excuse the dog awful jumping clips at the end. He's a maniac to jump. Throws his head, trys to grab the bit and bolt etc... don't get me wrong I kind of enjoyed it lol but I had a hard time just sitting still and letting him do his thing... I was always getting in his way trying to correct him >_<'
     
    03-16-2012, 09:42 AM
  #10
Trained
He is a really lovely horse - is he TB? Reminds me of my old boy, very nice paces, but tight through the back. That's the biggest challenge with the TB's!! As I said in my previous post, if you can get him swinging that back, I bet those paces will be pretty **** speccy!
     

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