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    01-11-2008, 11:19 AM
Western Pleasure Paint Gelding

I don't think I posted my lastest video yet...

This is from last Saturday when I took a lesson with a new trainer. She shows at all of the big APHA shows and she's very close to me so we can haul in when we need help. Right now we are focusing on finishing our WP lope. But in order to get a correct lope, we have to start at the beginning.


Let me know your comments.
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    01-11-2008, 04:22 PM
Here is what I see, he is going all off of his front and he needs to be propelling off of his haunches.
It also looks like he is trying to trot in the back.
His back is also flatening out. You need to round him up more and I think that would also help the haunches issue.

I also noticed that he is backing from his front, I would like to see him backing with more speed, and I want his hip over his hocks, that's when you know there moving from the hip.

Does this make since at all?
    01-11-2008, 06:50 PM
Those are all of the things we are going to be working on. The trainer had him going forward and using his hind end like he should. That carried through to when I rode him, and now I just have to concentrate on that at home.
    01-11-2008, 07:27 PM
Yea, your trainer will help you. He lopes like my horse will if I let him. It's a constant thing to manage but it helps to move his rear end off the rail a bit.
    01-13-2008, 01:13 AM
Yep my mare had the same problem, and it takes constant correcting.

I also forgot to how much I love you gelding-- I think I have said it before lol--such pretty coloring!
    01-20-2008, 04:33 AM
He's a gorgeous boy for starters. And you look very good on him. :)

He doesn't seem to want to drive with his hind end! Which gives you that just terrible wp lope. He also seems to me anyways, a bit tied down. Meaning- he seems to be scared to have forward motion. That's a big problem with a lot of WP horses. My horse came to me like that. I don't know what your trainer is telling you. But she seemed to be helping you with it. Also try taking your inside leg on him, lifting your reins and kissing.

He looks good at the extended trot but he could be a little bit more IMO. Always have a conversation with him not a yank yank [not saying you were doing that.] But don't just hold your reins and kick with your legs. Talk to him with your reins, just a little tug every once in a while. That will keep him focused and his nose tipped in. The loser your reins go the less you can extend, but the tighter your reins go the slower he's going to go. So try working on that a bit. Because to me he looks like he can extend more. :)

Good luck

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