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post #1 of 8 Old 11-15-2008, 09:07 AM Thread Starter
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There is one obvious trouble spot with my horse on this video. He kept moving his front foot after I had him set. Other than fixing that problem, what else can we improve on to help us move up to the Amateur class and continue placing high?

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post #2 of 8 Old 11-15-2008, 09:26 AM
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I don't know how much this matters as I haven't done Showmanship seriously in over 7 years BUT this looked immediately a tad sloppy to me. See how you haven't finished coming around the horse and the horse is already moving. If I were a judge...I would like to see you finish your initial movement around the horse and then proceed with the pattern.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-15-2008, 09:27 AM
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other than that I thought it looked great...maybe work on a faster pivot...but the one you have was sharp and clean
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-15-2008, 08:41 PM
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I thought the same as hotreddun. And you pointed out the set problem. I think everything could be a little cleaner, some movements were abrupt. Your horse seems very willing :) Nice quarters.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-15-2008, 08:56 PM
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Like mentioned the beginning of the pattern was a bit sloppy. Your movements should flow nice but be completed. Like when you pivot in the first pattern you seem to not fully complete you pivot befor walk off... you should complete, take a breath, and then walk off (if that makes sense).

On you 2nd pattern you didnt finsh your 180 before starting to back, is leg was still way out kinnda akward. It just looks like you are trying to rush the pattern instead of doing it smoothly... but that is JMO

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post #6 of 8 Old 11-15-2008, 09:24 PM
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Yes, as the above posters have said, your horse walks off before you are even at the shoulder and in position.
Also, take bigger steps towards him/her in the back, it looks really choppy.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-16-2008, 03:42 AM
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With all of your pivots, you needed to finish the turn completely, getting your horse straight, then going into your next maneuver.

First set-up - you should keep one hind foot planted, and move the other one to set your horse up. You backed your horse into it. You already mentioned the front feet. Then as you are moving around, you need to look at your horse to ensure that he hasn't moved. I like to step to the other side, glance at the feet, then to the horse's eye, then back to the judge. It only takes a second, but shows that you know what your horse is doing.

Then when you are walking, trotting, and backing, make sure you take full strides for yourself. Your movements here need to be with more purpose, like you are sure of yourself and that you know your horse will follow right beside you no matter what speed you go.

You have a great basis to work from, these are picky things that I noticed, but should help you move up some. Best of luck!!
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-16-2008, 04:12 AM
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i agree with whats said above.

but you and your horse look confident and your horse has got gorgeous markings.
what breed is your horse?


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