Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
She gets to be a horse the three or four days a week she is not worked, and 22 to 23 hours a day on the days she is worked. The OP was looking for critique on her videos, not criticism about what age she starts her horses. As for comparing this work to training of racehorses; that is apples and oranges. I work in racehorses and can tell you, there is no comparrison between what the OP is doing with her horse and what the racehorses do.
OP, you were asking about suggestions to get her shoulders up and maybe her head up a little. Maybe try riding in a square rather than a circle. Think about straight lines and ride corners off of your outside aids. Ride across the arena on a diagonal to get her off the rail so she doen't lean on it. Serpentines are great for lifting shoulders. Always ride the turns off of the outside aids. It will help to elevate the shoulders and engage from behind more consistently. I do agree with some of the PP's who say maybe try ditching the spurs and work on transitions. She does a fair bit of tail swishing in upwards transitions, so maybe this will help. Not saying spurs don't have their place, or that you overuse them, but it's good to go without sometimes.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork