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post #1 of 19 Old 03-27-2009, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Please critique!!! Me and Cotton practicing for our show coming up in april!

Please tell us how we both look, and how we can improve! Keep in mind he is 21
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-27-2009, 03:11 PM
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What kind of a show are you practising for?


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post #3 of 19 Old 03-27-2009, 03:22 PM
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Aw, I love the old guys. I would definitely not say that he was 21. If I had to guess I would say maybe 15. One thing that I notice is that your arms seem awfully straight and it looks like you are bumping him in the mouth with every stride. It seems to me that if you would move your hands back the reins a bit and bend your elbows, you would have more space to move your arms with his gait and keep the same bit pressure instead of it tightening and loosening with every step. BUT, I don't ride english so that is all just a guess. Maybe you are doing what you are supposed to, I don't know. He looks like a sweet boy. Is there something off about his trot in the back end?

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im showing in english pleasure, its a fun show. I have a HUGE problem with my arms, my major flaw. No, theres nothing off in his hind end. Im sure of it!
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What I saw:
-Bend your elbows
-Put your weight into your heels. Your lower leg looks a bit unstable maybe do some stirrupless work
-Eyes up
-Thumbs up. I think this would be easier if you bent your elbow. When I paused at 0.38 randomly, your thumb looks like it is pointing to Cottons ears.


Overall though, I think you look nice.
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post #6 of 19 Old 03-27-2009, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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ya, I have to work on my hands, I always cock them without knowing it. But I will take another video tonight and post it. But thanks for all the advice!!
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im showing in english pleasure, its a fun show. I have a HUGE problem with my arms, my major flaw. No, theres nothing off in his hind end. Im sure of it!
I don't mean lameness or anything like that, he just looks a little funny when he trots. It is almost like he is swinging his back feet out and then putting them down on or just over the center line of his body. I would imagine that his hoofprints would be in a straight line instead of zigzag. Nothing wrong with it, it just looks different than what I am used to seeing. LOL

One other thing. His front feet seem to be a little long. Is he in need of a farrier?

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Is there something off about his trot in the back end?
Yes.

He does not track correctly. He doesn't place his hind in the track of the front, he swings in - if it were his front end, it would be called rope walking.
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His feet were long, but they were just trimmed tonight after our ride :) I wouldnt be surprised if he wings out because he has poor conformation. In the front his feet point out I thin kits called base narrow.
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post #10 of 19 Old 03-27-2009, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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o ya! Is it a bad thing that his back end looks like that???is it really noticable??
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