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post #11 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Your horse has his ears pinned back and just has an angry face. Usually horses that like to jump or who are comfortable with it have their ears forward and a happy expression.
hahah he has donkeys ears they are like permanently out to the side .... hahaha but I don't want to be rude or anything but I can't see how you can define a happy or an angry expression lol :P
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post #12 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:31 AM
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hahah he has donkeys ears they are like permanently out to the side .... hahaha but I don't want to be rude or anything but I can't see how you can define a happy or an angry expression lol :P

Ill show you

Here is an example of an angry face...

Google Image Result for http://i3.squidoocdn.com/resize/squidoo_images/590/draft_lens4888762module44654492photo_1246964113Nos ePinchedBetter.jpg

Kind of looks how your horse does in the photo.

Here's an example of a happy/relaxed face..

Google Image Result for http://www.pyramidequestrian.com/about/whoopiexc.jpg


Here is a website so you can understand horses body language better

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post #13 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:39 AM
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Not to agree or disagree with anyone regarding the angry expression...but keep in mind that a picture is only one second of the whole picture.

The horse could have heard something or been responding to a cue of some sort which caused their ears to go back...

OR

The horse could be truly unhappy.

I think I wouldnt jump to the conclusion that he hated his job or jumping until I saw a sequence of pictures with the same expression on his face.

JMHO
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post #14 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Ill show you

Here is an example of an angry face...

Google Image Result for http://i3.squidoocdn.com/resize/squidoo_images/590/draft_lens4888762module44654492photo_1246964113Nos ePinchedBetter.jpg

Kind of looks how your horse does in the photo.

Here's an example of a happy/relaxed face..

Google Image Result for http://www.pyramidequestrian.com/about/whoopiexc.jpg


Here is a website so you can understand horses body language better

Body Language 101


Helps heaps thanks
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post #15 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:49 AM
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I think you are doing a pretty good job with a green horse. Uma said it best with regards to your position. I actually think the lower leg sliding back and the ears being pinned are related.

Looks to me like he has taken off very deep into the jump, probably surprised you some which caused you to grip with your knees and hence lose your lower leg. If he is unhappy (not my horse, hard to say) then I don't think it means he hates what he is doing, this jump was just a little awkward for the both of you.

He obviously has potential but if he were my horse, I would be doing lots of gridwork over smaller jumps, teach him about distances and balance over fences. Add height in gradually when he is consistently jumping beautifully over 2'-3'.

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post #16 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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I think you are doing a pretty good job with a green horse. Uma said it best with regards to your position. I actually think the lower leg sliding back and the ears being pinned are related.

Looks to me like he has taken off very deep into the jump, probably surprised you some which caused you to grip with your knees and hence lose your lower leg. If he is unhappy (not my horse, hard to say) then I don't think it means he hates what he is doing, this jump was just a little awkward for the both of you.

He obviously has potential but if he were my horse, I would be doing lots of gridwork over smaller jumps, teach him about distances and balance over fences. Add height in gradually when he is consistently jumping beautifully over 2'-3'.
I agree I think he has taken off very deep into the jump, and he has been doing that a couple of times but he also saves me at times which I like. Recently we have been doing lots of related fences only over 65cm don't use ' " (feet) sorrry hahaha and getting him to find the distance between jumps. What I love about him is he's so eager to learn and barely ever refuses which surprised me when someone said he had an angry expression because he always is keen to go over jumps. That's the highest I've probably jumped him it was really just to give me and him a bit of a challenge thanks for the advice
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post #17 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 11:01 AM
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i agree I think he has taken off very deep into the jump, and he has been doing that a couple of times but he also saves me at times which I like. Recently we have been doing lots of related fences only over 65cm don't use ' " (feet) sorrry hahaha and getting him to find the distance between jumps. What I love about him is he's so eager to learn and barely ever refuses which surprised me when someone said he had an angry expression because he always is keen to go over jumps. That's the highest I've probably jumped him it was really just to give me and him a bit of a challenge thanks for the advice
To me, the ears are saying "please remove your heel from my flank" NOT "I am hating every minute of this"

Nice horse, I like him. Good luck and post more pictures soon so we can see how you are doing!

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post #18 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 09:48 PM
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hi thanks for the last reply ! Most helpful so far . May I ask how my horse looks unhappy? Because he actually seems to LOVE being ridden ? Lower leg obviously not strong enough but I don't think its EXTREMELY bad . Anyway I in no way shape or form try to frame my horse up over a jump, don't really focus on it that much anyway! Hahaha thanks
By no means was I trying to imply that your leg is extremely bad because it is not. I apologize if it came across this way. I'm glad the critique helped.

As far as the expression goes, I was basing my critique off the picture shown. In this picture, the horse does not look comfortable or happy due to his ears being back and his awkward jump (this is also due to the close take off point, but also he is not stretching and using his neck)

This does not mean that he hates his job and he doesn't like being ridden. I am glad to hear that he is typically happy to be ridden and I agree with others that his expression could also be due to him not liking the leg being so far back.

Hope this makes more sense!
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post #19 of 19 Old 12-20-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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By no means was I trying to imply that your leg is extremely bad because it is not. I apologize if it came across this way. I'm glad the critique helped.

As far as the expression goes, I was basing my critique off the picture shown. In this picture, the horse does not look comfortable or happy due to his ears being back and his awkward jump (this is also due to the close take off point, but also he is not stretching and using his neck)

This does not mean that he hates his job and he doesn't like being ridden. I am glad to hear that he is typically happy to be ridden and I agree with others that his expression could also be due to him not liking the leg being so far back.

Hope this makes more sense!

Yeah totally does ! Thanks I agree I have lots to work on plus he has lots to learn! Thanks
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