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post #1 of 39 Old 04-13-2008, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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My Turn! Maia - One Month Later

Here are update photos of Maia and myself! I have owned her for a little over a month now, and I think she's going really well! Please critique both me and Maia.
Ps - it was too slippery out to canter, so it was walk and trot only for us today!

Before:

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f...otMarch5sm.jpg
^ Please do NOT critique this one.

Now:
Walk:

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f.../MaiaWalk4.jpg


http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f.../MaiaWalk1.jpg

Trot:

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f.../MaiaTrot2.jpg


http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f.../MaiaTrot4.jpg


http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f.../MaiaTrot8.jpg


http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/f...MaiaTrot10.jpg

Sorry for all the pictures!


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post #2 of 39 Old 04-13-2008, 06:38 PM
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she's beautiful! And im horrible at critiquing so im not going to.
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post #3 of 39 Old 04-13-2008, 06:46 PM
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oh wow there's a HHUUGGEE improvement! She is sooooo beautiful!!!!

Only thing I see is that your feet are kinda out...I really only see it in one picture though.

Don't say sorry for all the pictures! I don't know about everyone else, but I love looking at pictures of horses!!! Especially one as pretty as Maia
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post #4 of 39 Old 04-13-2008, 07:00 PM
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WOW!!!!

That is a huge difference for just ONE month!!!!

She looks alot healthier and her color has changed to a deeper chestnut. Very nice top line for what I can see since the saddle covers alot. She tracks up nicely too. She looks like a nice mover, very smooth. And she works through her back very well.

Congrats on the transformation! It took me almost a year to get to where you are with your girl!

By the way I have the same crop ha ha ha

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It is the one thing that keeps me from being just a girl
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post #5 of 39 Old 04-13-2008, 07:01 PM
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She looks amazing! Good work!
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post #6 of 39 Old 04-13-2008, 07:21 PM
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she looks pretty, I especially love the last picture. Hehe, and I agree with gingerrr I am terrible at critiquing. You came soo far in one month! It makes me want to go work on my pony. Lol

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post #7 of 39 Old 04-13-2008, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, thank you all for your very positive comments! I really appreciate them, and it's definitely a confidence builder!!

Brit - I LOVE my new whip - I just bought it yesterday! I even made up a post about it in the Tack section hehe


Any more and all comments would be wonderful! Thanks!!


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Oh my GOD!! JDi it's spectacular!!!!!! You see, at first, everyone said she couldn't be the horse you were looking for, rememeber? She was too this, she was too that...and look at her! It's just amazing! She looks so much healthier. Even her thick neck that everyone just couldn't get over look thinner and more refined. She looks like an over all different horse. Can you come to Texas for let's say 6 months and "fix" all the problems we have around here??

I had a TERRIBLE ride today with 2 of our horses...can't blame them, maybe it was me. SSSOOOO, I can truly say I'm jealous! You've got yourself a beautiful girl there!! And no, she's not chestnut...Dunn's don't even come close to that color, but she's does look healthier and happier. Do you think all this time she just needed/wanted a job? She was probably bored with her life.

You just have got to tell me what you do to get that flexion! We have been working for months and I still don't have that....what's the trick??? (SERIOUSLY!!! )

WAY TO GO! I'm proud of you!!
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I can't believe that's the same horse! She looks wonderful now!

Her coat looks amazing, and she has this just beautiful look to her now (not that she didn't before, but she looks even better)

I agree with ahearn, what's your trick for her head carriage. You saw Vega's video of me riding. She doesn't even know what head carriage is

You two look wonderful together, and I love your new avatar!

Keep up the wonderful work and keep us updated! Congrats on your girlie doing so well
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Ahearn, and Appy, you guys almost brought tears to my eyes, that was so kind! I'm so happy with her progress - can you believe I've only been really asking for flexion and head carraige for a couple weeks?? I can't believe she's the same horse either... she's even started to move off my legs!!
She's still built downhill and I can tell that, but just... wow.

Appy, thank you for the comment on the avitar.. I started fiddling with one of my pictures and it turned into that!! I was kinda excited about that!

As for the trick for the head carraige, I will be posting a video about it next weekend - I took my camera out today (obviously) but the memory card had room for either 30 seconds of video or 80 pictures (don't ask me how that works, I don't know) so I chose pictures!
The trick, if I can explain it here, is to gather up contact, then on a 20-m circle, keep your outside rein steady, and pull straight back to your hip with your inside rein (no checking and giving, just a straight pull)... keep the horse on the circle with your legs, and anchor your inside hand on your hip; don't let it move from there. Let your horse toss its head and fight the bit - him putting his head in the right spot will relieve all the pressure. It might take a while for him to find it, and both of you will get frusterated with it, but keep going until he figures out that "hey, once I put my head in the right place, it is comfortable!"
The right place not only means he will have his head on ther vertical while being flexed at the poll and jaw, but it will also mean he's looking (flexing) to the inside.
No go large and try it on the rail - outside hand where it normally should be, and inside hand (same rein length as your outside rein) anchored at your hip. Your horse will probably want to follow the rein and turn a small circle, which is where your legs come into play - keep him on the rail. Once he is flexing consistantly with your hand anchored at the hip, you can start bringing your hand back to "normal" position - but whenever he puts his head out of place, you immediately anchor it back on your hip.

Like I said, a video will be posted next weekend :) I hope this makes some sort of sense?




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