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post #1 of 6 Old 05-17-2011, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question What do you think about Yapa and me?

Hello! I've been practising transitions, specially 'halt'. What do you think about my position and Yapa's position and conformation? Yapa is an 8 yr old mare. She had been working with cattle until she was bought by the school where I ride 3 yrs ago. I have been riding her for almost a year. Now she's mine, since, as some of you might remember, I bought her two weeks ago. We are learning together, since I am a newbie too!
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-17-2011, 10:55 PM
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First off, beautiful horse! She is wonderfully square and looks happy and healthy =)

Your position- Roll those shoulder back, pick your head up, get those hands out of your lap, hands up (not puppydog like), and move your leg just a hair more behind the girth. You have a sweet heel and nice straight back! Your saddle looks a bit small for ya though. Other than that, You two look awesome!
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post #3 of 6 Old 05-17-2011, 11:39 PM
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Is this how she positioned herself after you asked her for a halt? or was she halted and you pulled the reins until she gave her face and squared up?
I only aske because her back legs are "camped out" a little bit, so if you are asking for a halt, you may want to have her walk into the halt more engaged behind. So, you get her to halt with a feel that she is stepping under wiht ther hind feet, but almost "bouncing" off the front, the bit.
You can practice that by halting her and backing her up a bit too, then , when you feel her come off the bit and be "light" , then ask her to step briskly forward.

Your position is good. Like the other said, look up and lift up your hands, they are much too low.

What sort of riding do you do? The saddle is an all purpose saddle?
There are many fine horses in Argentina. I would so love to see your country someday. I hear Buenos Aires is an amazing city.
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post #4 of 6 Old 05-18-2011, 12:09 AM
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As the others have said........

That saddle looks like a Pariani military classic. If so, that was one of my favorite jumping saddles of all time.

Also, is your horse a criollo?
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post #5 of 6 Old 05-18-2011, 12:12 AM
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Yay! You got Yapa! She is gorgeous. I can't give much critique that others have already given you. Congrats! I'm sure you guys will make a great team!

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post #6 of 6 Old 05-18-2011, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your comments! Ridethesky: you have a good point, I didn't know if my butt was too far behind or my legs forward. The saddle DOES look small!!! You are right!!! I hadn't noticed that at all!!!! BTW, Allison Finch, it is not a Pariani, but it is an all purpose and suuuuper comfy! Tiniliny, she did not position herself like that on her own, I 'played' with the reins until I got her like that. Argentina is a paradise for horses and horse people! That is for sure. Yapa is not a criollo, she is a 'silla argentino' cross, which is the jumping breed here. She probably has some criollo blood, though. Again, thank you so much. Ive already been working on the faults I have, based on your comments, specially the hands...!!! The best thing you can tell me about Yapa is that she looks happy and healthy, Ridethesky!! Those are the two things I care the most about! I can't tell you how happy I am that I decided to buy her! We get along very well and she is learning and teaching me a lot!
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