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        07-06-2013, 09:52 PM

    So, as some of you know, I put a thread up here awhile back for critiques. Well, I decided to give my mare a much needed break, then started riding both of the others because they weren't getting worked. I have ridden this gelding english before, but not recently. He's been a barrel horse his whole life, so it's a work in progress. Anyhoo, feel free to critique us both! What kind of exercises can I do with him to help both of us improve?

    Within the first couple of minutes riding.
    English! 001.jpg

    Toward the end.
    English! 002.jpg

    Aaand, just for fun..
    English! 003.jpg

    Here's the link to the other thread: So I Switched...

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        07-06-2013, 10:46 PM
    Love that first pic. Now that's a nice straight elbow to bit connection. Horse looks to be tempted to stay on his forehand and a little behind the leg, more in the second pic than the first. I'm thinking transitions within the trot to shorten and lengthen his frame would help him move out a bit better. Really push the lengthening right to where he starts to fall onto his forehand and then come back to a shorter frame and rebalance him (aka half halt) before asking him to move out again. He can obviously put himself together and use his hind end as that last pic shows. Nice looking horse.
        07-06-2013, 10:56 PM
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    Any chance you would post a video? So much better riding critique when you have a moving image.
        07-06-2013, 11:27 PM
    Myboypuck - thank you! I will work on it. This is our second time back together in almost a year. I'm hoping we can pull ourselves together!

    Tinyliny - I tried; my phone is too slow. One of these days I'm going to go someplace to get a good Internet connection to upload a few!
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        07-12-2013, 06:27 PM
    He looks like he's tensing up in the neck and falling on his forehand, behind the leg as others mentioned. Push him up! :) Let him know that he doesn't have to suck back or get anxious about contact on his mouth. Really squeeze, squeeze, squeeze at the trot to get him moving out... that will help him relax.

    As usual you look great! However-- see how you're sitting in that last photo? You're sitting deep on your seatbones (pelvis forward, and that lovely long leg!)? If you can sit more like that during your rides and learn to drive your horse forward with your seat, we will run out of ways to critique you from a still photo!

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