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post #1 of 6 Old 08-24-2011, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Riding my monster 3 year old

This would be my beastie. Well she's a grade QH mare, I call her beastie cause we just guessed that she's a QH, so she's a beastie.


This is my first day working with her breaking at the poll and collecting. Whatcha think?

Also, what do you think of her confo?

I find her very built for a 3 year old. I look at her sometimes and think she's at least 5...

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-24-2011, 03:44 PM
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It won't let me see your video...but I'll try another computer and check it out later...

Your pics (IMO) don't seem like the best conformation shots. They are a bit angled to me which makes it a little harder to tell pros and cons to the conformation.
One thing I can see is it looks like she's got a Roman nose in the 2nd picture. That would be a flaw, nothing horrible that would affect riding.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-24-2011, 03:58 PM
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Well for me the video could have been a bit clearer so I could see more detail but I thought you did really well. How long has Beastie been broke to ride?

Pictures are angled. You need to get some head on shots of her body. She looks to be. I will give it a shot and point out the things I see.

She has a nice round shoulder.Looks like she is proportioned well through the neck to the back to the back to the rear. Neck is a little toothpicky but she is young so she might get more neck on her when she ages...again,this could be due to the angle.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-24-2011, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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I started her lightly as a 2 year old, then she had a summer off, a few rides again in the fall, and then this year. earlier this summer I was riding her at least 4 times a week.

I know the video kinda sucks, but no one will take videos/ pictures for me.

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I think she's frustrated by the constant downward bit pressure--hence the tail swishing. You should only be working on vertical flexion in short increments. She gives, you release...do that a few times and call it a day. Too much sours a horse and makes them drop behind the bit. She also needs to be driving forward more with her hind end to achieve collection.

As for the photos, she appears to be well-built from the poor picture angle. Her feet also look quite overdue for a trim.

Just watched more of the video. She's unsound. Lame on the right front, I think.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-25-2011, 03:42 PM
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Just watched more of the video. She's unsound. Lame on the right front, I think.
I picked that up at the walk. More pronounced at the trot. I would think that is more the reason for the tail swishing than the bit contact.
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