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    03-08-2012, 07:27 PM
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Foal
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Hi there! This is a video of my horse and I at a show last august. I'm on the Buckskin paint. I was wondering if you all can give me some constructive criticism on myself and my horse? THANKS! We got 2nd in the class but that was a fluke and I'd like to make that more consistent :)

     
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    03-08-2012, 08:14 PM
  #2
Weanling
You look very nice! I think that your 2nd place was very much deserved. :) It seems like you have a nice quiet posting seat. Once small thing that you might work on is keeping the correct, inward bend, throughout your horse. Good job!
     
    03-08-2012, 10:24 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by RoosHuman    
You look very nice! I think that your 2nd place was very much deserved. :) It seems like you have a nice quiet posting seat. Once small thing that you might work on is keeping the correct, inward bend, throughout your horse. Good job!
Thank you so much!! And by correct inward bend do you mean like bending around my inside leg? Sorry just want to make sure :)
     
    03-08-2012, 10:33 PM
  #4
Foal
OT, but what show circuit is this? I see you're in Michigan also, and I'm wondering if it might be anywhere near me. Looks like there are all types of horses in the ring, and I'm always looking for shows I can take both my horses to, along with their individual breed and/or discipline shows.
     
    03-08-2012, 10:39 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by SunnyK01    
OT, but what show circuit is this? I see you're in Michigan also, and I'm wondering if it might be anywhere near me. Looks like there are all types of horses in the ring, and I'm always looking for shows I can take both my horses to, along with their individual breed and/or discipline shows.
It's just simple Oakland County 4H in Davisburg :) cheap and it gives you and your horse ring time
     
    03-08-2012, 11:03 PM
  #6
Foal
Thanks!
     
    03-12-2012, 10:22 PM
  #7
Weanling
Your horse is absolutely gorgeous! You actually look very good. You sit nice and tall and look balanced. The thing that really stands out to me is your hands. It's really obvious when you correct your horse. You should try riding with your hands little bit wider and lower (not too much wider and lower, just enough so you don't have to move them so far to correct him) and just rock him into frame with a subtle squeezing of the fingers or turning of the wrist instead of giving him a hard and obvious snatch. He does also pop out of frame sometimes and he'll stay out of frame for a few strides before you correct him. If you feel him losing collection, use your seat to push him into the bridle, hold the outside rein steady for support and gently play with the inside rein. And don't forget to use your leg. I notice that once or twice he drifts off the rail and you pull him back with your rein. Push with your heel instead. It will make your hands look much quieter. You should also keep this in mind when reversing direction. Use more leg and less rein. Maybe you should try to shorten your reins by about half an inch so you have a bit more consistent contact. That might help him stay in frame more if you have some steady light contact instead of the snatch and throw away method.

Another thing I notice is that at the canter, he's a little slow. He sometimes does that half trot/half canter business. Hunter judges don't always like that. Try to push him up into a full canter. He doesn't need to fly, just enough so there are three defined beats.

Perhaps you could work on your back up too. Your horse just looks like he doesn't want to at first. With a little practice he should do it without any protest or hesitation.

Other than that, you look fantastic. Your transitions are very smooth. Your horse is steady and responsive, and your seat is rock solid. It's really just down to the nit picky stuff for you to start consistently placing.
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    03-12-2012, 11:17 PM
  #8
Foal
Thanks a bunch for the help!! Backing was actually my project with him the past month, got him backing completely off of my leg so its a little smoother :)

I will work on the hands thing! And wearing black gloves might look nicer too LOL
     
    03-13-2012, 12:31 AM
  #9
Trained
This horse is nice & steady and you look great on him. Great advice kiltsrhott gave you, also your leg needs to come back more, but could be your saddle.
     
    03-13-2012, 12:52 AM
  #10
Super Moderator
I agree with all except the advice to lower and spread your hands. It might be trendy in HUS shows, but is not the correct position to have your hands, except in some instances when working on particulr problems. I think the height of your hands was about right for maintaining that line of elbow to bit, through the hand. YOu need to strictly keep your thumbes on top, make a bit more contact with the rein/mouth and get the hrose to have a bit of flex to the inside, just a little, so that he will be giving you a more consistant contact with your outside rein.

Your seat is lovely, quiet leg, upright stance, very well balanced and sympathetic to your horse. I think if you had been able to get a little more committment of forward energy from that horse, you would have taken first!
     

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