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post #1 of 5 Old 08-10-2013, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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Inexperienced Paint Horse Critique

This is Apache my 7 year old Paint x TB Gelding. I bought him 6 months ago and he had no jumping experience. In the last couple months he started jump training and he took to it really well. We have worked our way up to about a metre now in show jumping and about 80cm in xcountry. Anyway, this is us whilst jumping a metre high and 70cm wide tire today. I was just wondering how we are looking, I know it is a lot better than before but I need an outside opinion. Critique and tips for both horse and rider are appreciated. Please be kind as we are both still learning and getting used to eachother :)
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-10-2013, 08:03 AM
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Nice! I also love that jump!

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-10-2013, 10:44 AM
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Looks to be a little bit of leg crossing going on in front with Apache. I have absolutely no idea how you could correct that, but it can get pretty dangerous, as sometimes they don't uncross them in time and the horse goes down. I've seen it happen on the show jumping circuit. Hopefully it was just the once for Apache, and he doesn't do it regularly.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-10-2013, 10:12 PM
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I think he's pretty unimpressed. I think he could jump quite a bit bigger. I love his keen look. If this one was for sale, I'd buy!

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-11-2013, 09:50 AM
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He looks bold and careful. The way he is with his front legs is nothing to worry about. Just greeness.
I would be more concerned a out your position. You are way to far forward on a cc fence and should he make a mistake and peck you are already half way over his head.
You need to realise there is no need to collapse on his neck and that when cc you can start to sit up as the horse is over the fence.
You also need to learn to allow your hands to follow through rather thank a neck release. Many cc fences are narrow and distance related so you need a follow through contact to guide your horse.
You look like a good pair, hope you have safe fun.
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