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    11-18-2010, 12:22 AM
You have recieved many good critiques and I hope you take them into consideration. You seem much too concerned with his front end. I know you say you're bending him, but half the time I do not see proper bending. He is bending his neck, yes, but he is not continuing this bend trough his body and stepping through with his inside leg. Like other have said, you are much to handsy, and as a result you are causing a fake headset and headwagging. The best moments I saw in this video are the ones in which his head goes above the vertical. It is by no means way in the air, it is where his hea should be at his stage in dressage training. In those moments when you seem to forget I be concerned with his head, you are no longer restricting his movement and he is able to really engage his hind end and move through himself. He really does have lovely movement. Ideally, while riding you should be able to completely release your inside rein without your horse falling apart. Remeber this next time you feel yourself wanting to overbend him and play with his head.
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    11-18-2010, 12:29 AM
Sorry to double post, but I'm on my iPod and it won't let me edit. I just wanted to say two more things.

One, when you feel him getting stiff, instead of overbending him on a circle which makes it much easier for him drop his shoulder and not properly bend, overbend him down the long side and maintain a straight line. Also another fantastic excercise is spirals. Go on a circle and overbend him slightly. Spiral your circle until it is much smaller then return to normal bending as you leg yield him back out to the larger circle.

Two, lateral movements are key
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