Originally Posted by Gidji
Hmm its kinda hard to give proper advice from just one photo, but I'll try my hardest! You've got a really light seat there, and I'm assuming you're trying to stop him? Even if you're not, I'd like to see you sitting deeper in the saddle. Its important to also be realistic about what you want from him. He looks like a lovely big fella, so don't expect a full on WP lope.
First of all, use your voice. A nice slow eaaasy might get him to drop it down a a little bit. If he doesn't sit deep and use half halts until you feel him beginning to slow. However, don't let him break gait. Use half halts last, as it might confuse him and only use them as you feel necessarry.
umm, i'm not sure, I don't think I was trying to stop him (it was a while ago it was taken) but when I ask for a stop I sit super deep and take my legs right off his sides so I don't think that's what I was doing.actually I guess the picture is kindove decieving, he is only 14.3 HH but he gets quite built when he is ridden regularily. But i'm not looking to get a full on WP lope, I just want to be able to slow him down a bit and be able to rate his speeds better. Thank you for the advice, I will pay more attention to those things when I am out next.
Originally Posted by gottatrot
In the video though I assume you are not trying to lope because you're jumping, right?
haha, no I wasn't going for a lope I just thought so you could get an idea of his gate because it really doesn't change a whole lot.but I am trying to get the other video going but again in this one I was not really trying to get him to slow down in this particular video