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    03-28-2012, 10:26 PM
Please critique me and my horse

Please critique this photo of me and my horse at our first show.
I trained her myself and would like to know what you think.
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    03-28-2012, 10:29 PM
She's bracing against the bit. She looks very uncomfortable. You both look well turned out though.
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    03-28-2012, 10:33 PM
Yep ^^

I would work on softening her and getting her rounded up and softer on the bit, not bracing so much.
    03-28-2012, 10:41 PM
She was pretty tense as it was her first show, what do you suggest I do to ask her to round? Thanks.
    03-28-2012, 10:44 PM
I would work on bending her more. Also raise your hands a hair so the bit is acting properly on the horses mouth, ideally you want a straight line from elbow-wrist-bit. Working on bending and encouraging your horse to use its hind end will help her be less hollow. Work on being forward and lots and lots of transitions and changes of direction.
The hands aside I think your eq is great :)
    03-28-2012, 10:45 PM
Does she flex laterally and vertically?

If so, I would take p bit contact, gently touch her mouth and ask her to soften her chin, squeezing with your legs to draw her hind end underneath her and draw her head down. This round her back and activates the hind end.

If she does not flex, start by teaching her to yield to your hand pressure from side to side with one hand until she will give her nose. Then use that to draw her head down vertically from the contact with both hands.
    03-28-2012, 10:55 PM
Red face

Thanks, I'll try that, what do you mean by flex?
Even if she rounds at home, at shows she goes all excited and goes above the bit again. I wish I had a perfect horse.
    03-28-2012, 11:06 PM

^ That is how you will start teaching the flexing.

Then later, this is one excersize that will help among others.


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