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    01-07-2012, 08:14 PM
Please critique away - green mare and rusty english rider

Hi All -

Please critique away - this is my mare, Whiskey - I started her in May, we went to the World Show in November - had a great time, and are working to improve ... I am a western rider, but she isn't strong enough for that collection yet, so we are focusing more on english at this point - which I am quite rusty at...

I started taking lessons three weeks ago with a very talented young trainer to get my riding stronger and help me finish Whiskey .. and this is our progress... my legs are still quite weak and hard to keep them back - I am constantly turning them out and cheating a bit -

We show at NWSS stock show on Tuesday in Hunter Under Saddle - any helpful critiques or suggestions would be much appreciated...

Here is our video from Thursday...

Thanks, Kris
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    01-07-2012, 09:17 PM
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She's a very cute mare and you sit her well.
I am not sure what to say, because I am not sure if you plan to ride more English or just doing this for a bit til you are back to WP. If you are truly riding English, then you need more drive from behind. She needs to move out in the trot and especially the canter. That's all I can really see at this point.
    01-07-2012, 09:46 PM
Thanks, I really enjoy this mare - she's very gentle and willing. As a solid paint bred, our breed show class options are limited, so we have been showing our local shows with some success... my end goal is to have a mare that can go in the halter class (this year to date we have placed 1, 3, and 2 with one Reserve Grand overall in large classes), then go to the hunter under saddle, eq, then western pleasure and horsemanship classes... basically an all arounder. I would like to be competitive in the Pinto and Paint Worlds this year in pattern classes.

I am trying to get her to drive more from behind, you can see me trying to push her with my leg, and to lift her shoulders up to get her to get her body up and her legs more underneath - we are trying to get more sweepy... Is this a question of more leg and more drive, or more leg, drive, and time for her to develop the muscles needed to hold it? I would like to get a longer, more sweepy stride... I swear my legs burn by the time I am done riding ...

Her canter is funny to me, because we haven't worked on her lope at all, yet as we ask for her leg to step under herself more, she seems to slow down - of course as she tires she gets sloppy... should I be asking for more speed while asking that leg to step under?

My trainer says for the show we are going to ask her to be as sweepy as possible at the trot and then try to keep her consistent at the canter, not slow and head bobbing - but not strung out and fast either... truthfully, if I get all the way through the class without a break and maintain consistency in the gaits I will be content...

So much to learn! Thanks in advance for your advice and help, I am having a great time with her and enjoying the challenge that is riding english on a greenie horse!

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