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 >_<'