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post #1 of 18 Old 06-05-2008, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Maia, Update Videos

So I've been working Maia on the ground with side reins to try and get her more balanced and learn to give her head to the bit at all times. This is her third "session" with them on. She freaked out the first time she had them on, so I have kept them long and low to try and get her rounded up and using her back, and stretch into the contact. I would love some constructive criticism.


Videos:
Walk:

Left - http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...=June059-1.flv
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...lkLeftGood.flv

Right
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...ightNicely.flv

Trot:

Left (and her little freak outs) - http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...=June060-1.flv
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...=June061-1.flv

Right
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...ghtStretch.flv


Canter:
I have a question. This was the first day I cantered her with side reins - when she's going to the right, she seems to short-stride a lot on one side of the circle. Stupid me didn't take video of her without the side reins to compare - what do you think?

Right
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...horttotrot.flv
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...ighttotrot.flv

Left
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...erLeftfast.flv


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post #2 of 18 Old 06-05-2008, 12:29 PM
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she has such lovely gaits! :)

I'm not good at critiquing but i'm going to try :)

Vega sometimes gets a little short strided when the footing isn't the best, or if she goes wide on one part of the circle and smaller on another.

See how she is without them on if there's any difference. Do you think her boots could have caused her to be short strided at all?

At the trot, she really seems to be putting her head on the vertical, though i'm horrible to know if she lifted and rounded her back.

She's looking amazing! Keep up the great work!
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Wow she's gorgeous...looks like a joy to ride, I lovee her gaits!!

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Thank you Appy and PopTart!! I appreciate the comments.
I'm pretty sure she's just short-striding because she's stiff and unbalanced, plus it was a fairly small circle... :P
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Her stride seems a bit too small for my liking. But hey Blu's got some giraffe legs so there is a big difference. I do like the way she moves though. Very prettiful!

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Her stride seems a bit too small for my liking. But hey Blu's got some giraffe legs so there is a big difference. I do like the way she moves though. Very prettiful!
She has a short stride because she's trying to figure out how to carry herself in a frame on a circle without a rider ;)


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Re: Maia, Update Videos

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Canter:
I have a question. This was the first day I cantered her with side reins - when she's going to the right, she seems to short-stride a lot on one side of the circle. Stupid me didn't take video of her without the side reins to compare - what do you think?
Im glad you asked this because I thought I was imagining it. I thought she was actually stepping short going to the right at the walk. I was having trouble pinpointing it. She looks uncomfortable in the hind end(I think). Its just a very slight jerkiness of gait.
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she looks like she is progressing well!

What happens if you raise the sidereins but leave them super long? In the trot vids, it looks as if she is looking for support/contact.

Re: canter - yes, she does look short strided going to the left. I'd like to see her once she finds her balance with those side reins :)

Keep up the good work!

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what a cutie! LOVE her new mane btw! :)

Yeah... she is a little "short strided" here and there if you could call it that. I think I would have to agree though that it's more of a "i don't know what to do with this thing on me" movement. I think once she gets used to going with the side reins and builds up her balance she'll be able to move more freely and be more foward. My opinion is that it seems to take horses much longer to figure out lunging with the side reins at the canter then any other gait! All in all though she looks great!
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Re: Maia, Update Videos

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So I've been working Maia on the ground with side reins to try and get her more balanced and learn to give her head to the bit at all times. This is her third "session" with them on. She freaked out the first time she had them on, so I have kept them long and low to try and get her rounded up and using her back, and stretch into the contact. I would love some constructive criticism.


Videos:
Walk:

Left - http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...=June059-1.flv
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...lkLeftGood.flv

Right
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...ightNicely.flv

Trot:

Left (and her little freak outs) - http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...=June060-1.flv
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...=June061-1.flv

Right
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...ghtStretch.flv


Canter:
I have a question. This was the first day I cantered her with side reins - when she's going to the right, she seems to short-stride a lot on one side of the circle. Stupid me didn't take video of her without the side reins to compare - what do you think?

Right
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...horttotrot.flv
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...ighttotrot.flv

Left
http://s237.photobucket.com/albums/f...erLeftfast.flv
Rounded into what contact? The sidereins are way to loose for her to get any contact whatsoever. I understand you said she had a "freak out" what do you consider a freak out?

When using side reins you should start off with them loose until they adjust to them. The way you had yours was actually very unsafe. All she needed to do is step up or rear and she would have caught herself and then you have had a serious situation to deal with.

Shorten them up, still loose just not the way you have them now and push her forward. Whatever it is she did when she "freaked out" doesn't matter. Push, push push. As long as you push her forward it's going to really limit her as far as misbehaving goes.

Tighten a hole or two each following session until she adjusts.
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