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post #21 of 25 Old 11-10-2009, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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I love watching these classes at the ag shows I go to. A lot of the ASH's in my area always win the sporting classes. They're very talented.
We're actually looking for a new horse, and we've looked at 3 ASH'S. We're kinda unsure, just because I'd have to get a new saddle, and I've noticed the style they ride is ever-so slightly forward. And plus its a breed we've never had so we don't really know.
I love the whip-cracking. My old horse used to just jump whenever a twig crackled. I could never do anything like that on him.
While most people ride more forward, you don't have to! You also don't need a stock saddle unless you want to get heavy into the working and station horse classes. All the others can be done in an english saddle! I reccomend an ASH for anyone - MOST of them just have the best natures. My boy can go do a perfect fast working pattern, and then go and pack around a begginner all day.

And yep, it takes some time to teach yourself AND the horse how to do the whipcracking safely and calmly!

That was an awesome vid . I especially like that many of the classes require the horse to slow down and do loose rein work after the speed portion. That takes a lot more balanced training than just teaching a horse to go fast.
I agree - To some judges it is the most important part of a workout - The quality of the loose rein work.

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post #22 of 25 Old 11-11-2009, 06:10 AM
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Yerr, we looked at 2 geldings and a mare, and the mare and one gelding were very versatile! I rode them, and they weren't exactly a beginner's ride, but they responded really well. And we're really trying to find a family horse, and I like them but I'm yet to find one that could behave and be forgiving to my brother's wild legs.

Its kinda hard because in my area, a lot of the people I ride with give ASH's a bad rep, but I really like the nicely conformed ones. In my area, ASH's aren't very popular, and the ones that people have are normally hot-blooded runt looking things with weird necks. So I'm sticking to horses out of this area.

Its interesting to find out about the actual classes. I always watch them at the shows I go to, and I'd love to participate. Hmm, maybe one day soon?
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post #23 of 25 Old 11-11-2009, 06:32 AM
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i've had some very bad experiences with some- so i would never buy one- but i know people who breed the rivoli lines and i ride their horses for them sometimes- they have a son of rivoli ray and of rivoli rex that the breed from- so very very good stock- but still not a fan ;)

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post #24 of 25 Old 11-11-2009, 06:34 AM
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post #25 of 25 Old 11-11-2009, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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There are nice ones, and there are not so nice ones... lol! Same as every breed. A lot of bad breeding results in weedy looking horses with nooodly little necks - I hate these horses!

Ah yep, that is a problem - Wild legs. Most ASH are very in tune with your legs - It is easy to inadvertantly cue them for a turn you didn't even think about!

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