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        11-15-2010, 12:26 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    They are schooling shows....so use them just for that. Don't go to them expecting to win something as that isnt what they are about. Set goals for yourself such as getting the correct canter in flat classes, and not breaking to the trot. Or get the correct distances between lines. Go to the show with the expectation of learning. The following show, set goals to correct what went wrong at the previous one.

    I think your guy is still out of shape (not horribly) and could use a lot more trot work to help get him in shape. If he isnt moving off your leg, invest in a small spur to helo encourage him to do so. Do lots of leg yeilding starting in your warm up at a walk, as well as at the trot and canter. He should be able to go into a smaller and bigger circle off of leg pressure. Don't be afraid to use your crop either when he isnt listening. Sometimes they only need one quick little smack to remind them to listen.

    It is never to early for a schooling show.....as long as you are using it for schooling, and not for winning.
         
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        11-15-2010, 12:35 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Agreed with Velvets on the schooling show. I definitely think you should enter, keep it small and slow, set personal goals for yourself and you're good to go!

    I think you'll find that once your horse gets back in shape, regains some muscle and becomes more athletic, he'll perk up and be more forward. Lots of trot work and transitions within the trot will help!
         
        11-15-2010, 02:25 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Thanks guys! He's been back in work since the end of August. If you think he's chunky now, you should've seen him then! LOL! He's lost well over 100 pounds already. He's still got a ways to go, but for 21 yrs old, he's coming around pretty quickly. We do a lot of "cardio" work, started basic leg yields and poll flexion, figure 8s, ground poles. I try to get a day in a week working in the field, some days will be focused on trot work, other days on cantering to get his stamina up. I actually just took my spurs off this week and went back to the crop. He seems to respond better just knowing I'm carrying it, and I noticed my leg position suffers when I have the spurs on (although my hand position is worse when I carry a crop). I think I tend to hold the spurs into his side too much. He's super wide and I have trouble getting my leg around him properly. We have been doing more transitions to get his back end under him, and they are helping to get him sharper off my leg as well.

    I'm certainly not complaining. I am amazed at the progress he's made in such a short time and can't wait to see where he's at in another six months!

    And yes, I think we will end up going to the show. Probably keep it to Beginner Rider W/T and maybe W/T/C. Just going and not turning into a bundle of nerves will be enough of a goal for me!

    Oh, and for the iron supplement... We changed his diet last month when I bought him and put him on a B vitamin supplement for energy. I didn't want to make too many changes with his sensitive digestive system. I just put him on succeed and that seems to have solved his hindgut issue. If he still seems to be lacking energy, I definitely plan to try an iron supplement. My trainer recommended Total Blood Fluids Muscle.
         
        11-15-2010, 06:23 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    You could also try a red blood cell booster. :)
         
        12-24-2010, 07:15 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Do the show!!!
    Between 0:41 and 0:47 he slowed from a lope to a rot for a few seconds anyway and then the walk i'm not sure but I think you told him to go from the lope to the walk if he keeps trotting in bettween the transition make sure you don't post just sit and make him walk like I said i'm not sure what you asked for but I hope this helps!!!!
         

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