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post #1 of 5 Old 09-21-2009, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hero does Dressage

Sorta - my friend wanted to ride in my saddle so I got stuck with her huge 18'' dressage saddle. Also testing out a martingale - kept it really loose.

I think he is coming a long its been a while since I had photos taken - he looks a lot more filled out!

before photos for those who never seen the left sides the most recent

He is bending a lot better at the walk

Trot uphill my seat looks horrible

Going down hill at this turn is where he normally would throw his head I think the martingale helped.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-22-2009, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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anyone? I just want critiques on his progress??

and this used to be his canter lol
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post #3 of 5 Old 09-22-2009, 10:20 AM
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Wow. Whatever have you been doing with him that's been making him look so much better? He's looking really good.

Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-22-2009, 01:17 PM
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How old is he? He's definitely got a lot of potential, just don't let him start sucking back and dipping behind the vertical when he does start to lower his head and relax. "Air head" horses as I like to call them, generally like to go from one extreme to the other and they have more collection than forward movement so make sure you're always asking him for nice forward movement. Also, your martingale is too long and it's not doing anything and he could possibly get a leg through it if he reared or tripped with his head down. I would shorten it about 3-4 inches and then it will do some good since in the pictures not once did it actually put pressure on him to lower his head. That was all you not the martingale!! Keep up the good work and don't be too hard on your own position. Riding greenies is never easy!
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-22-2009, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I kept the martingale really loose last night because it was his first time and my friend kept scaring me saying he could freak out and rear - I'll bump it up once I get stoppers for it :)

I am hoping to show him next summer at the local show grounds near the barn. He is a 13 ottb - hope he still has a while to go!
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