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        11-03-2012, 04:49 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    Hahaha I am laughing so hard at the conversation you were having with (I assume what was) your boyfriend/husband. "She has thousands of pictures of her and her horse she doesn't need anymore!" "I DO need more! I need to see how good I'm doin'!"

    Sounds like me and my boyfriend. That is so funny.
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        11-15-2012, 11:26 PM
      #22
    Foal
    Nice improvement!
    I would recommend transitions!
    Warming up, he's got movement to work with- so let him figure it out. Let him extend, he listened to your leg- so really enforce trot-walk transitions.
    Get him really listening to you. Do circles, figure 8's, heck- draw a picture!
    He looks like a fun ride, and his canter is fluid. When you're comfortable with it, canter canter canter. Go a good 5 minutes if he's got the spirit. Make him move off your leg, and collect with your seat and voice before you react with your hands.
    He's got great potential for a lot. Keep posting!
    :)
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        11-16-2012, 12:41 AM
      #23
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    I'll be curious to know how the chiropractor went. That last video, where he's free lunging wiht an English saddle on (which is too far forward, btw), he still looks really stiff. He moves both back legs almost in unison, and hardly brings them under his body at all. I don't think that's normal for a QH, is it? I mean, I know they are soemtimes not big movers, but that looks like his pelvis is really locked up.

    Will he step under himself if you you disengage his hindquarters? Watch how he turns around when on his own, if it's really stiff, or can he step under his own body.

    Does he lay down and roll? And have you seen him actually roll all the way over?

    Just curious.
         
        11-16-2012, 09:12 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Lol thanks equilove :) that was my husband ragging me about all my videos. Haha. Mbaron great advice thanks! I'll gry all of that! And tinyliny have not had the Chiro out yet. Called one and he never got back to me so I'm going to use a lady that a friend referred to me. She used to be a human Chiro too. Just been on hold because I had a tonsillectomy last Monday and knocked me on my butt!!!! I think he's rolled but never payed that much attention after he's turned out.
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        11-16-2012, 09:55 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    Subbing, and he is really pretty by the way!
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        12-05-2012, 02:44 PM
      #26
    Foal
    The equine chiropractor came out today and went over his entire body. She said he has no soreness or discomfort in his back that would show any signs of a saddle not fitting properly. She said he was a little tight in his hip muscles and his hip seemed a little out of alignment so she adjusted him. Other than that he was in great shape. I asked her about him being behind at the knee, because I posted a conformation thread with pics(Roping lines QH Pics and Pedigree), and many people thought he was behind at the knee. She doesn't think he is, and said angles in pictures are everything. I'm praying she is right!!!!

    Also!! I have been riding him a lot and he is coming around nicely. I will post an updated video because he really uses his hind end now and seems much more balanced. My instructor said some of the prettiest movers can be the bounciest! She breeds and shows Welsh ponies and crosses. Let me know when I post if you see an improvement.
         
        12-23-2012, 08:01 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Here is an updated video. This does not do him justice at all because it was muddy and wet and I was working on communication through leg aids only. And he still gets tail swishy when you put that leg on him. He listens great though. I should post an updated video on a relaxed rein with little leg pressure to show the difference. When I slow him down he definitely gets less bouncy!!
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        12-26-2012, 12:53 AM
      #28
    Weanling
    Have you thought about the possibility of him having ulcers that cause discomfort?


    As for the age -- he's four. He's not a baby anymore. If he is still trotting up into a lope, that is something that needs to be corrected. In the loping videos posted here, he's not using himself. He's just sort of bombing around. I don't think he's really what I would consider a big strided horse, he does get pretty quick legged. In the video where you circle him down, he falls really heavily onto the inside front end. Starting with a correct departure to the lope is going to make a big difference in the quality of it further down the rail.

    I would suggest riding him with more leg and keeping your legs on him consistently. Give him something to balance off of and then go in with a spur or squeeze when you need to get a desired result. I am thinking that he might be so animated with the tail because you are keeping your legs off and then going in when you want something, so it's a sudden change.
         
        12-26-2012, 06:47 AM
      #29
    Foal
    Great information thank you! So I should lope off from a walk? The videos from before.. he was trained at 2 then sat for 2 years pretty much. The first video was when I first brought him home. The fact that he had not been ridden, would that have contributed towards his balance and not using himself? Is that learned or comes naturally? I sent him away for 30 days when I bought him in july, then have been riding him consistently for the past 3 months on top of that. I will soon post an updated video so you all can help me see if he is improving. His teeth were floated a month ago and I had a chiropractor examine him as well. I will use your advice and post updates.
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        04-07-2013, 09:00 AM
      #30
    Foal
    He is coming around nicely. Here is an updated video and I would like to get one where he really looks good, this one doesn't do him justice at all..
         

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