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post #1 of 17 Old 07-18-2013, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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New English Critique material!

I'm working on the video, but have a still or two to share and will post them as I get them.

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post #2 of 17 Old 07-18-2013, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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So I was gone and Squiggy had a week break to be lazy and get fat, which she did well. :P
I wasnt going to ask much from her, she was touchy and needs to get back into the swing of things, so I just let her plod along and didnt ask for much, therefore, didnt get much to work off of for my own riding.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-18-2013, 03:31 PM
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You are sitting too far forward. Also make sure your thumbs face upwards towards the sky... No motor bike hands please!
Also for safety's sake... Please wear a hat!
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-27-2013, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank ya :) anyone else?
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This horse is not at all happy with the bit and/or contact. What do you have in there?

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-27-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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A plain loose ring snaffle.

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post #7 of 17 Old 07-27-2013, 11:48 PM
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I am wondering about why she seems kinda pissy about going forward. Here's an experiment to try; ride her"English" in her snaffle, two handed direct reining, but ride in your Western saddle. See if she objects.
Post the trot, like usual.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-28-2013, 01:00 PM
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she gets behind the vertical, and then throws her head up and braces. I would experiment with different bits. This is something that my horse did quite a bit when we first started. I found that a different bit that we both liked, and remaining consistent with my contact, my leg aides, and my training, afforded me a horse that was much more comfortable with the contact.
My suggestion would also be to stay on a bigger circle. I know the point of your smaller circle was to stay within view of the camera.... but on a horse that is unbalanced and leaning on such a small circle, my suggestion would be to do bigger circles where she can get supple and round, and your better able to support her through it.
What kind of horse is she? Her little leg feathers are so stinkin' cute.

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post #9 of 17 Old 07-28-2013, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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She was having a hot day and didn't settle like she normally does when we ride English in the pen. It was a sort of freak day. Kind of.

She's a grade QH of some sort. I know her daddy was a registered QH, she probs got her feathers from her mama. I normally cut them off, but didn't this year.....

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The first thing that jumps out at me is that you have a very inconsistent contact with the horse's mouth. The reins are flapping quite a bit. This creates an inconsistent contact that is uncomfortable for the horse. I suspect you are freezing your elbow and shoulders as a way of having "quiet/still" hands. Unfortunately, this is not what this freezing gives you. Instead, the reins snap the horse in the mouth every time the reins go from flapping to tight.

You need to keep a tiny bit of a pull on the reins....JUST enough that when the horse gives with its head, the arms move back and instantly absorbs that movement and keeps the very same contact/pressure on the mouth. To get that feel, have someone hold the reins at the bit. Have them gently pull the reins and let them go, making the reins move much as they would when the horse moves. Figure out just how much you need to unlock those elbows and shoulders so that they can keep the same steady pressure. This is a VERY important clue to keeping your hands truly quiet and soft.

Also, your horse is very stiff on its right side. He has no bend. He is leaning so hard on that right (inside) shoulder that he is actually counter bending. That is why he keeps picking up the incorrect lead. Use those legs to encourage a better bend! Much less hand and more inside leg at the girth pushing the horse onto it's outside shoulder. Try not to pull the horse into such a small circle until it learns to bend on a 20 meter circle. It only serves to "Pop" his outside shoulder making him very unbalanced.

You have a nice seat and leg, just relax them and use them to enhance your other aids. More leg/seat, less hand (or more consistent hand).

Hope this helps a bit.
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