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post #1 of 9 Old 11-24-2010, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Whatcha think?

A few of these photos are older, but i thought they were good pics of the horse/myself in some of them. What do you think?

This is my Appendix QH Toby and I competing at Training Level Test 1 in 2006. Keep in mind he was a HUS horse the previous show season, and a western pleasure horse the season before that. He was quite a good sport thru all of this.

...thoughts on his general self?

This is my Oldenburg, Carnegie Hall (also pictured in my Avatar) when he was a 4yo showing in the Amateur Handler class at a breed show in 2007.

schooling in May of 2010

Antietam Absolutely Not, 2002 Morgan mare (my boyfriends) warming up at a show in April 2010

SRS Sports Catalina, 1998 Morgan mare (my boyfriends) schooling in 2008 for Hunter pleasure/equitation

Divine Wind Walker, TBx...early 2009 schooling session.

i wont bore you with the stills of my new girls. all of these pics came from my 'ponies' album i have on here. im interested in any critique you guys may have.

I also have a couple videos id like some critique on...i just have to get them uploaded.
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-24-2010, 08:31 PM
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I'll take Wind Walker please. Thanks ; )

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-24-2010, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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LOL! He is really really sweet. I dont own him though, but if they ever decide to sell him i will let you know! :)
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post #5 of 9 Old 11-24-2010, 09:47 PM
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That Morgan mare is my favorite. SHE would be divine in dressage. Really nice neck carrieage and you are riding her very well.
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-24-2010, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! it took A LOT of work to get her to that point. I played with some dressage with her, she isnt good with patterns though, but i want to do some low level schooling shows with her maybe if she decides against getting pregnant again this season. I used a lot of dressage exercises with her to get her ready to show. Now, unfortunately, she has become the mud-ball from hell...literally. She has cellulite...any fatter she wont fit thru the barn doors! i have a picture on my camera, its pretty grose.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 05:46 AM
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Are you looking for a riding critique? If you are switching to dressage, I have oh so many pointers. Are the pics of you on the Morgan recent? Those are the ones that I really notice stuff on.

First of all, your stirrups need to be about 100 holes longer. LOL. Seriously though, at least 5, even though you're riding in a jump saddle. If you're not racing, you don't need that short of a leg.

Dressage judges want straight, relaxed backs. Not hollowed, stiff backs. Also, you will be 100 times more comfortable that way. When you relax your back, you will also stop sticking your butt out. I know that's a big hunter thing, but it is much more useful to sit on your seat bones, and not perch forward on your crotch.

Lower your hands. You want a straight line from your elbow to the horse's bit. You definitely didn't want her to come up to match your angle, so you need to come down about 2 inches to match her.

Your position is practically polar opposite in the last pic, on the gray - is that not you riding him? At any rate, the rider in this pic needs to lift their shoulders, get stronger in their stomach, and bend their elbows more. Should be riding with a higher, more forward hand. That horse looks like he needs a little more lower leg (combined with a strong core) to lift his balance, as he is very much on his forehand.

If you're not switching to dressage...well, you should. Come over to the dark* side. We have cookies. :)

*Dark, in this case is simply referring to the mysterious, seemingly magical telepathic communication that a great dressage rider has with their horse, not anything evil. Though there is a lot of evil in dressage too. Try to steer clear from that stuff.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-26-2010, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Celmetine, i have done some dressage lessons, but the bay morgan i am riding is a Hunt Seat horse. We ride them up in a rounded frame like a dressage horse. That photo was back in '08 when she was only in her 2nd year of consitant hard work. She liked to pull on the left rein and was very much on the forehand.

The grey, that photo was from early 2009 i believe. He can be a butthead, hes mostly very stiff across his back and the photo was taken after some cantering, and the whole ride (you may notice from the video) my reins were loose and i was working on keeping him slower than he usually is. His owner likes to ride with tight reins and he gets very upheaded and fast, so i was working on getting him to relax though and enjoy life on a light rein.

I appreciate the tips! I notice looking at them my hands were terrible. I wish i had more recent photos, the most recent is the one of me riding my Oldenburg. I have short/long legs if that makes sense. I tried making my stirrups as long as possible for dressage while still allowing my leg to be functional.
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I am not in total agreement with Clementine. Oh, I do agree about the dark side and the cookies, but your hand height in not so out of line. Many dressage riders try to lower the horse's head by dropping their hands TOO much and it creates downward pressure on the horse's bars and they only brace all the harder against it. Your hand, tho a TINY bit high, is more a matter of the wrists being broken and having piano hands. There is plenty of bend in your elbow.
You do roll a bit forward with the lower back but having some weight on the pubic bone is part of the "three point seat" of classical riding.
Your stirrups are at the correct length for your leg and that saddle. If you were in a dressage saddle, you could lengthen them a tiny bit. Again, most dressage riders wear the stirrups so long that they end up losing the stability they are meant to provide and end up with their toes down and "fishing" for the stirrup. Functional is key.
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