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    07-13-2010, 02:07 PM
Choppy Canter

So my mare doesnt have spectacular movement. Which is funny, since she's half saddlebred. She's got most of her characteristics from her pony mum. I'd like to know if I could improve the way she moves. Like shoes, chains/weights, certain exercises that will help her movement improve. She also has somewhat of a choppy canter. She's got short, quick strides. I've heard that tapping them on the butt with a crop lengthens their stride, like jockeys do (obviously I'm not beating her) and that works a little. Heres some of her moving:

These are all pretty old, but theyre all I have of her moving.

(ok, this one is from a LONG time ago, it was the first time coming back from a long break of no riding, so don't comment on my badness. My friend already covered that xD )

Please don't comment on me, theyre all from right after I hadn't ridden in a few months and I was out of shape and bad. :P

I just wanna know how to make her movement better. Thanks!
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    07-13-2010, 04:10 PM
What does she look like when she isn't under saddle? Does she extend at all when lunged or round penned? It could be that it is just her natural gait, you may be able to get a little more extention but if it's her natural gait then you won't get much.

If she extends more when she isn't under saddle then it could be on of two things that I can think of. One, something with the saddle is pinching and causing pain. Or Two, you are getting in the way of her movement.

From what I can see you are trying to get her to frame up with your hands but aren't helping push her through with your seat. Collection isn't about forcing the head into fram, it's about getting the whole body moving from behind and then if she is collecting through her body the head set will come from that.

Anyway, my suggestion is use your seat more, do more sitting trot/canter and push her up with your butt and legs.

Hope that helps.
    07-13-2010, 04:20 PM
Thanks! I do try to use my seat and legs a lot, but again, this is from when my legs were sooo out of shape. I'm hopefully coming out to the barn on thursday and I'll try to get some video of her lunging.

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