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post #1 of 6 Old 04-03-2011, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Frustrating, but I haven't given up! Any success stories?

I have a black Quarter Horse named Brodie who has a cute star and snip and I love him to pieces even the days he is difficult and doesn't want to ride. We just had our one year anniversary in october and I am so proud how far he has come.

when I first bought him he was barely ever ridden and I was the first to ride him english. I fell in love and did all the wrong things when buying a horse but I could not imagine my life withought him.

The fustrating part is that I am training him from scratch, creating and building up muscles that he never used. He loves to jump so much, well besides the days he doesnt want to work, and I want to either go enter him in jumpers or hunters.

The only thing that is holding me back is his movement. He has a short choppy stride and I have to work just to get a long extended trot and canter. I know he is not a fancy thoroughbred or warmblood but he has the potential for hunters because of his willingness and determination to please.

I am working with my trainer over poles and lengthening and making him use his hind end. I'm sick of people saying oh he is choppy and stuff even if they didn't say it in a mean way.

I love my horse but it is hard not to be envious of my friends 16. 3 thoroughbred who moves like and angel. And another thing I don't get is that another quarter horse at my barn has beautiful gaits.

Why I am truly asking this is because I want to know if my horse will be judged down because of his movement on the flat. I am not worried about over fences because he has beautiful form when he paces himself.

Have any of you had a success story with short strided horses and have you fixed the problem or made it less noticeable? I love my horse but I want rides to be more comfortable for the both of us.

btw his overall health is fine. Im in schooling shows not rated. My trainer and I are working on it and he is doing better but is not the best yet.

thank you and I know it is long

please share any sucess stories you have had with your horse that has had similar issues. videos and pictures and very much welcome :)

thanks again!
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-03-2011, 06:13 PM
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Do you have access to trails or fields? My horse has a steep shoulder and is straight behind, so he is predisposed to a short choppy stride. When I first got him, his trot was awful. It still is if I don't have it put together. Anyway, the way I fixed it in the ring was to get out of the ring. I only spent a few weeks trotting around in fields and hacking on trails before his butt started showing more muscle, and the change was very evident in his trot. Today he had such a nice trot going, I wasn't sure I was on my own horse. You don't need massive hills, just terrain uneven enough that the horse has to work a little to keep balancing himself. The more muscle you can put on him, the better he will be able to perform not matter how poorly he's put together.

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-03-2011, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by brodieluver26 View Post

I am working with my trainer over poles and lengthening and making him use his hind end. I'm sick of people saying oh he is choppy and stuff even if they didn't say it in a mean way.

Besides poles just what is your trainer doing to get a longer stride?
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-04-2011, 12:41 AM
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There may come a point where you will need to decide that what YOU are wanting for this horse is not what is best for him...sure, he can jump, but he may never develop the finesse in his flat work to be successful in the hunter ring. So stick with Jumpers, if you feel he likes to jump, and forget about trying so hard to develop him into something he may never be... Just a thought.

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Agreed, don't try to force him into what he's unsuited for. The relationship with him is what matters!
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thank you all for your posts. I am definately keeping him he is coming along great. half of the reason is because he is lazy and he needs to build up his muscle. I have a lot of pictures of him on my horse profile for him. tell me what you think. :)
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