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post #11 of 23 Old 07-07-2009, 11:28 PM
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something seems odd about his withers.


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post #12 of 23 Old 07-07-2009, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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What about his withers?
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post #13 of 23 Old 07-08-2009, 12:21 AM
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He has a pretty steep shoulder, which puts him heavy on the forehand. That may also be why he prefers the trot, more than the canter, because it's easier; the canter takes alot of impulsion from behind, and when you're already heavy on the frontend, transferring that energy to the rear, will be alot harder. With training, though, you can get him to move off the rear.

He does move fairly decently; a bit choppy, and doesn't track well, but as others have mentioned, he's not really being 'asked' to collect himself, so he probably isn't going to choose to. I quite like him, especially that crooked blaze and fiery little attitude he shows off at random intervals!

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Thanks, he's a dork but I <3 him.

We have been working on impulsion from the hind end and getting to use himself more and he has improved a bit (At least I think) under saddle. Unfortunately I never have anyone to film while I am riding! I'll have to get more recent videos up. :)

We've been doing a bit more dressage, but our focus is still mostly on the western front but I FEEL improvement. Who knows what that looks like to the trained eye though :P.

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Any horse can do dressage, because it's not necessarily about the 'refined' upper level movements (piaffe, courbette, etc), it's about the collection, and impulsion from the rear.

You can help him learn how to use his hind end on the ground too, using a syrcingle and drawreins; this way he can learn how to carry himself in a collected frame without interference from you, except from you driving him from the ground that is.

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post #16 of 23 Old 07-08-2009, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, we have no plan of ever being competitive in Dressage, just use it to help him become more balanced and such for other areas.
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I have nothing to add that the others haven't said but the third photo is hilarious! he has no right ear!

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ahahah typical male, wants his food! I think hes cute. I like his face too personally 8)

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post #19 of 23 Old 07-08-2009, 11:55 AM
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What about his withers?
I dont know, is he a quarter horse? they just look odd to me.


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post #20 of 23 Old 07-08-2009, 01:40 PM
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i love this guy :) im not going to critique because everyone has pretty much covered it. needs more from the hind end and a little more balance. other than that looking good ! good luck with him he seems like he is fun to work with


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