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post #11 of 18 Old 03-16-2012, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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lol definitely not :) he's arab x quarter horse.

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Wow I would never have picked that -he is very thoroughbredy!!!

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i cut his gorgeous long mane off on the weekend so he does look more like a tb but he's only 15hh and he's registered qh x arab. he's a stunning fellow. absolutely gorgeous movement and has natural extensions to die for but he's so high strung he cant hold himself together half the time lol
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such a hackie. pretty boy though
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such a hackie. pretty boy though
yes he is :) won reserve champion beginner hack at our first show and champion led galloway at our second. we were preparing for royals when he was injured... sadly royals is next weekend will just have to go next year when he's better.
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I'd actually suggest, for the jumping, because my mare does the same thing with her head, to always be sure to get in two point and give a release. You're riding very defensively (which is common with a quick horse, especially a head thrower), but they tend to do better if you give them their head over the jump because some of the head throwing comes from wanting their head over the jump. Also lots of sitting trot to jumps and then a nice easy halt on the other side, turn and jump in the other way, and keep going back and forth until your horse cools his jets. When you get back to jumping that is, because if he's anything like my mare he's going to be at mach 5 the moment he sees a jump and realizes he's going over it, and might even be flinging spit in your face with the head throwing .

Also gymnastics or a simple ground pole in front and after the jump. This should be helpful: Slowing Down in Front of Jumps

As for your flat work, overall I would like to see more leg to push the horse into the bridle a little more to correct being behind the vertical. It might also help with some of the contact issues, although most of them seem to be fixes he still seemed a bit resistant in the test (in the video) and I think a little more leg with a quieter hand might aid in helping him find confidence in working into and staying in the bridle.

Overall he looks like a fabulous horse and I'm very sorry that he has been injured, and I'm glad he's getting better.

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post #17 of 18 Old 03-19-2012, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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thanks so much for that yourcolourfuladdiction :)

this is a clip of us doing gridwork with my former instructor (he moved to another state :()

he seems to be a lot calmer when we're at home schooling or even at pony club. those clips were taken at my pony club for a show.. he just seems to flip out on show days regardless of location.

this one is from my first ever time doing a jump course on him - i'd only jumped him once over 2 jumps the week before. i went for the dressage competition and was planning on scratching from the jumping phase but my friend talked me into atleast giving it ago.
since that day he hasnt been the same with jumping. maybe you can spot the difference and clue me in as to what i've changed with my riding? it has to be something i'm doing
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-24-2012, 11:43 PM
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A little critique / comment on your body position: I know you didn't specifically ask for ittt, but I thought it might help. When you're posting at the trot, it's very loud, if that makes sense. Not noise wise, but it looks as if you've been riding a long time, so the actual action of posting is second nature to you, so you just do it instead of concentrating on doing it precisely. At a few points, it looks like you're throwing yourself up and plopping back down- even getting a bit too forward at times. It especially seems to happen when he's doing something to distract you.

My old trainer used to comment on how all of the riders she saw seemed to have this problem eventually, so she would have us imagine that there was an egg on the saddle we were trying not to break, in an effort to post more softly and quietly. Maybe I'm just seeing things, but I thought it might help you out. I know that sometimes if there are multiple other things I'm focusing on (trying to get him to slow down, stop tossing his head, stop whinnying at his buddies, etc...) it still happens to me, so that could be the issue with you. But I think your horse will appreciate the time put into adjusting the form. =P
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