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    10-12-2009, 07:13 AM
Please critique western pleasure practice videos!

This is Lovie... my show mare. I was planning on taking her to a show yesterday, but didn't end up going. I figured since she was looking all pretty, I would get a video of us practicing. She has had a few months off, so she isn't up to par at the moment. As you can see in the video, when she transitions from the jog to lope, she swings/tosses/throws her head. That is the biggest thing right now... we are working on it. Please critique her, let me know if there is anything else I should be working on. I'm not really looking to be critiqued, I was more trying to make her look her best without doing much, but if there is anything you see that I'm doing wrong or should work on, please let me know. Believe it or not, almost every class I take this mare in, she wins. Lol

My bf taped me in the arena first, and he did all these weird angles and walked beside her and stuff... idk.. he's weird. I just thought it was hard to see, so I moved to the round pen. The one in the arena, she has to little fits... At the gate she tries to maneuver her way out, and at the very end of the video, she spooked at a tarp in front of us.. so lemme know what you think. Thanks in advance! =]

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    10-12-2009, 11:20 AM
She is very inconsistent with her head. I think that's because you are picking at her too much. When you put your arm forward & hand down, she relaxes & settles her head where it should be. But anytime you pick up on the reins, she's swishing her tail & arching her neck. I say leave her alone. Her legs are very consistent & correct.
    10-12-2009, 11:39 AM
The first video she looks very behind the vertile and inconsistant! Her lope she had a lot of head bobbing! I think just working on getting her more consistant and you will be set :) very pretty mare!
    10-13-2009, 06:10 AM
Thanks you two! I'm working on her consistency, she tends to go from an awesome jog/lope to faster and back, especially when going to the right. And I will let her head go more, it just always seems to me that she holds it high when I let her go... But maybe it's just me. I will work on it! Thanks again.

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