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        10-10-2011, 10:29 AM
      #1
    Yearling
    Hunter show critique

    I've been working with this horse for about 6 months. This is from the last show of the summer series. He did very well, and progressed so much since the first show of the series.

    Feel free to critique me and the horse. If anyone has some tips on how to get him to bend his legs over the fences, it would be appreciated. Thanks!





    This video is from, I think, his third show. I posted it here before, but you can critique this as well.

         
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        10-10-2011, 12:49 PM
      #2
    Foal
    Okay, a few things. First I really like this horse and his attitude. He doesn't rush up to a fence nor does he seem reluctant at all.
    That being said, I'd really like to see you give him more of a release over the fences. In the photo, there is a slight one, but not enough for the height of the jump he's going over, and in the video (which I know you said was from a while ago) there is basically none at all. This can cause all types of problems, but especially when you get to going over larger fences, a lack of release can actually pull him down while he's going over and cause injury. Also, when you give him his head while he's jumping, then he will be more inclined to flex and give you a nice frame in between. The other thing is your leg. When you are cantering, it wiggles and when you are trotting it is everywhere! The leg should be still, no matter if you are posting or cantering. A good way to build leg strength is posting without stirrups and standing at the trot. You will be amazed at how much better your ride will be without all of those extra unintentional cues you give him every time your leg bumps him.
    Good luck with him, he really is a beautiful horse, and fits you very well. Can't wait to see more from you two in the future.
         
        10-10-2011, 01:19 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by hennisntacanibal    
    Okay, a few things. First I really like this horse and his attitude. He doesn't rush up to a fence nor does he seem reluctant at all.
    That being said, I'd really like to see you give him more of a release over the fences. In the photo, there is a slight one, but not enough for the height of the jump he's going over, and in the video (which I know you said was from a while ago) there is basically none at all. This can cause all types of problems, but especially when you get to going over larger fences, a lack of release can actually pull him down while he's going over and cause injury. Also, when you give him his head while he's jumping, then he will be more inclined to flex and give you a nice frame in between. The other thing is your leg. When you are cantering, it wiggles and when you are trotting it is everywhere! The leg should be still, no matter if you are posting or cantering. A good way to build leg strength is posting without stirrups and standing at the trot. You will be amazed at how much better your ride will be without all of those extra unintentional cues you give him every time your leg bumps him.
    Good luck with him, he really is a beautiful horse, and fits you very well. Can't wait to see more from you two in the future.

    Thank you. The video is from July I think. And since then I have been working on my release. I did notice I just plant my hand on his withers and just hunch over. He used to take scary long spots, and I was holding him to the jump, and completely forgot about releasing.

    He is a really nice horse..he is very willing, he would do a back flip for me, if I asked. But sometimes I forget he is still green. I have to remember he does still need help every step of the way, but he does take care of me if I make a mistake.
         
        10-11-2011, 01:14 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    Is he only 3? And for sale?
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        10-11-2011, 01:24 PM
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    Yearling
    Yes and yes.
         
        10-11-2011, 01:32 PM
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    Weanling
    May I ask why you are jumping him that height AND showing him too? If he is ONLY 3, he should be doing corss rails, poles and flatwork. He is nowhere nearly mature enough for the stuff you are throwing at him. Even though he is taking the courses well, he is still a BABY. He needs to grow and devlop, what is the hurry to force him to grow up?! And honestly, since he's for sale, I wouldn't touch him with a ten foot pole. He's going to have so many soundness issues since he has been jumped so hard so early. You're basically ensuring he's going to have soundness/joint problems down the road. I just don't understand why people have to jump and ruin horses at such a young age. They have 20 years of jumping ahead of them, wait for another year instead of throwing crap like this at him now and making those 20 years, 10.
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        10-11-2011, 01:39 PM
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    Yearling
    Actually no, you may not ask. (but too late for that)

    And you think I jump every day or something? Because I don't. Once or twice a month if that.

    And it's only 2'3" don't act like I'm throwing him at 3ft jumps.

    To each their own right? Just because you wouldn't buy him, doesn't mean no one will.
         
        10-11-2011, 01:42 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    Oh yeah cause if you have shown him allllll summer, you've only jumped him once a month right? ;)

    That poor horse is going to have so many problems...good to see more ruined horses thrown into the horrid horse economy.
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        10-11-2011, 01:46 PM
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    Yearling
    Yeah, there was a show once a month. Except I didn't show in May or August. Why don't you go preach to race horse owners that start training horses to race at 2 years old.

    When did I say allll summer? Come on, if I wanted you're lecture I would have asked, but I didn't so back off. Thanks.

    It's good to see there are still people not minding their own business.
         
        10-11-2011, 02:05 PM
      #10
    Yearling
    I'm sorry for getting super defensive. He isn't my horse, and it's annoying when people act like there way is the best way. You might be right, but I think I'm right. Like a said to each their own.
         

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