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    08-15-2009, 02:07 PM
Originally Posted by mayfieldk    
Agreed. He is very lovely, but I ride APHA and the quickest way to get a horse on the forehand is to pull him down there and force his head somewhere it's not ready to be.

When he can handle the weight and is pushing off his hind end, then the head will come down when the back rounds. If you pull it down, then you'll loose the back and he'll pull from the forehand--which he's already doing, as he's losing muscle in his rump and forming incorrect muscles.

Good luck with him!

I also ride APHA. He was just idk haha. One trainer told me to do it like that but im not used to doing it how he looks. The way that you are doing it is the way that I do it.
Here is my APHA.

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    08-15-2009, 02:10 PM
Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
I do! He has the size and look for the equitation and english pleasure classes. If he moves like you say, he would most likely do. If you are going that route, work on that headset, though. Go on youtube and look at some of the congress videos, that will give you a good idea of what frame to try and achieve. Were you thinking about the english QH classes?

Um yeah it has run across my mind to do them. I am really focusing on getting him back in shape and up to par. I think I will start showing him this fall. =) btw I replied to the picture comment on my paint =)
    08-17-2009, 03:29 AM
I hate to hear that anyone is training a horse for QH western pleasure. In order to win a horse has to move in gates that are not natural or healthy for it. At our county fair every year there are a few people that show up to show in the adult pleasure classes and if the judges would honestly evaluate the way the horse was moving they would place dead last every time. The horses move so slowly in the lope that thier feet drag and it's more like a shamble than a lope but they are going the slowest so the judge places them first. I want to take my ranch horses in there and show them what a healthy horse that is really a pleasure to ride looks like. Okay sorry about the attempted hijack of this thread I'm done ranting.
    08-17-2009, 08:30 AM
I think it is fine to train a horse for western pleasure if the training is well rounded. Train for western pleasure, but also break up the training with some other fun stuff for the horse, such as trails or just another discipline. This is true if you are training a horse for any particular discipline. For example, I am primarily doing dressage with a mare I am riding, but I also jump and ride trails with her. These are not her strongest skills, but she has fun and it breaks up the dressage training and makes her a more well rounded horse. (I am sure you are doing this, but just thought I should put in my two cents.)
    08-17-2009, 08:49 AM
I think you have a very nice horse there. A few more groceries and some training and he'll be a nice one.

As the others said, ditch the martin gale and just practice the basics. It will take some time but your horse will find his balance and headset. Right now he is exaggerated and behind the bit, but his back looks hollow. Work on rounding his frame and he'll learn to bend at the poll and find the balance.
    08-18-2009, 10:39 PM
Both are lovely, but I think your Paint is STUNNING!
    08-25-2009, 02:28 PM
Thank you everyone for your advise. Do you think he would ever do good in worlds again? Like how would you place him?

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