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        07-31-2008, 01:06 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Head tossing can mean a lot of things. In a lesson horse it's usually "I have too many people in my mouth" and beginners tend to be hard on the mouth anyway.

    In non-lesson horses it can be a teeth, back, or lameness issue. Or that the horse just doesn't like the bit.
         
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        07-31-2008, 03:31 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Heels down and keep your lower legs on. You can see as you come around the corner towards the camera your lower legs are sticking right out to the sides.. they need to be 'wrapped around his barrel' so to speak :)
         
        07-31-2008, 07:51 AM
      #13
    Showing
    Fritz has one bad fault that I can see. In the second video as he is trotting up the towards the camera look at his off front leg. He is dishing pretty badly. (His right front foot is making a large circular motion as it comes up).
         
        07-31-2008, 09:21 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I don't know if it would help you with your ryhthm more, but I would shorten your stirrups a half hole or so - - it will probably help you gain control of your lower leg, too :)

    Keep up the good work! Fritz is such a cutie :)
         
        07-31-2008, 09:27 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    I'm no good at critiques but the two of you look really confident and comfortable with each other. Nice work!
    He's adorable.
         
        07-31-2008, 09:57 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Well, I think you are doing great actually!
         
        07-31-2008, 10:17 AM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by palogal
    Head tossing can mean a lot of things. In a lesson horse it's usually "I have too many people in my mouth" and beginners tend to be hard on the mouth anyway.

    In non-lesson horses it can be a teeth, back, or lameness issue. Or that the horse just doesn't like the bit.

    I could see this problem totally! Some times I feel like I'm to harsh on his mouth, but he's one of those horses who like to test and see what he can get away with. So half the lesson we're doing work, the other half, I'm trying to correct him, and make him go where I wanna go.

    The instructor I had on Monday actually said that if she were running the show, She'd put a different bit in his mouth that would make him respond better. I didn't know what that meant tho.
         
        07-31-2008, 10:19 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iridehorses
    Fritz has one bad fault that I can see. In the second video as he is trotting up the towards the camera look at his off front leg. He is dishing pretty badly. (His right front foot is making a large circular motion as it comes up).

    After you pointed it out, I can see it! What does dishing mean? And what if anything can I do to correct it? Keep in mind that he is a lesson horse, and not really mine to monkey with.
         
        07-31-2008, 10:21 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    You can't correct dishing--it's a conformation fault, his front leg swings way out like an airplane propellor.

    As for correcting that leads to head tossing...you are correcting him right if he tosses his head, that shouldn't be the result.

    What are you correcting him for, maybe we can give you some advice on a better way.
         
        07-31-2008, 10:23 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kickshaw
    i don't know if it would help you with your ryhthm more, but I would shorten your stirrups a half hole or so - - it will probably help you gain control of your lower leg, too :)

    Keep up the good work! Fritz is such a cutie :)

    Lol It's funny that you said that about the stirrups! They are up as far as they can go. :( My legs, more my ankles and knee's are a big problem I have while riding. It's pretty uncomfortable for me no matter how long, or short they are.

    When I'm at just a sitting trot, my right leg tends to come up, and then slips out of the stirrup. When we're at an extended trot, I'm trying to post, and because my thigh muscles aren't developed yet, I rely on my lower legs a lot for leverage. Once I get better, my legs, I hope will get better as well.


    Thank you all for the input, I really appreciate it!
         

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