I ride on an AIRC team where we practice every weekend and go to shows. Outside of 'Interschool' I show some, too. My mare is a Saddlebred/Quarter Pony cross and she has a naturally high head carriage. She will collect for me and sometimes drop her head, too, but we never seem to achieve that beautiful "round" look the winners seem to get.
Now, I know the first thing you have to do to achieving a nice under saddle show horse is to do a lot of work on the flat. I do that every time I ride her. I practice everything a judge might ask us to do and I try to work on getting her to move out, drop her head, and look pretty.
My trainer has told me to move my hands a bit forward to let her 'find the bit' causing her head to move down nicely. I also try to keep leg on her to keep her hind end from getting lazy. She can be very soft in the mouth, but a lot of times, she prefers to keep her head up, and arched if I give contact.
Does anyone know any good tricks to getting a horse 'round'?
Here are some pics of my mare, Leia, looking how she usually does. In some pics she's nice, and in others.... not so much. Some are my friend riding. If you could, pick out the ones she looks best in? And give advice on how to get a good hunter look?
(sorry these are all kinda outdated.. I've gotten better since then.. She's about the same)
How she used to be:
What I want:
This isn't realistic for her: http://www.horsemansu.com/files/u2/H...nderSaddle.gif
BUT I'm sure she could achieve this: http://www.sullenbergerquarterhorses.../gatortrot.jpg
I wear spurs with her and keep leg on her (she's very lazy) to get her to move out but are there any tricks to moving out? My trainer wants to get her shoes... I'm thinking aluminum w/ no clips... BUT is there any kind of shoe that makes a horse move better? Without giving too much knee action?
If anyone can think of other ways to make your horse flat better, please share!! I want this thread to help everyone who has similar questions or info!