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        04-20-2009, 09:47 AM
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    Video of me riding my horse, Bird. He is a 7-year-old OTTB. Sorry if it's real blurry when I'm further away.
    As for the photo, focus more on the horse instead of me.

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        04-20-2009, 05:03 PM
    The only thing I can comment on is he is counterbent most of the time, particulary in the canter. I would work on getting him to flex to the inside where you can see his inside eyelashes. A few exercises which can help acheive it are shallow serpentines, leg yeilding and circles. I realize he's an OTTB, which is sometimes the equivalent of turning a boat. It can be overcome through suppling exercises. Make sure to give him a nice soft inside leg to bend around when asking him for flexion. Good luck.
        04-20-2009, 06:05 PM
    Oh, sick.
    Good critique, thanks.
        04-20-2009, 07:19 PM
    Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
    ...I realize he's an OTTB, which is sometimes the equivalent of turning a boat...

    I have ridden no less than three horses that turned like boats >.<


    Like MyBoyPuck, work on the flexing. He seems kind of stiffish. My gelding, Loki was the same way until I did some flex exercises with him. Incredible difference, turned much more fluidly with lots of pretty flex.

    Beautiful OTTB otherwise. I wouldn't mind having one to do English riding with, but I don't think I'm quite brave enough yet
        04-20-2009, 08:10 PM
    Hmmm, I don't have anything to say about him that hasn't already been said, other than I think he'd make a lovely Hunter Under Saddle! :)
        04-20-2009, 09:53 PM
    Nice looking horse
        04-22-2009, 08:59 AM
    I agree with everyone above on the counter bending. But that sometimes can be very easily fixed. Cute horse btw!
        04-22-2009, 09:02 AM
    Thanks a ton, yo.
    I'll definitely work on flexion and all that jazz.

        04-22-2009, 03:08 PM
    He looks AWFUL, you better send him up to me right away.......LOL
        04-22-2009, 05:07 PM
    Originally Posted by G and K's Mom    
    He looks AWFUL, you better send him up to me right away.......LOL
    Lol! ;)

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