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    03-27-2012, 12:07 AM
I did notice that she is pretty weak with her hind end, especially over fences. I've started working on framing her up and getting more hind engagement but she definitely needs some back-to-basics flatwork. I'm hopeful that she'll be able to improve wi a more consistent rider, she gets much more nervous and less collected and organized in the IHSA shows she does, like the one in the video.

If she isn't show ready this summer that's fine by me, I'd just like to get her going in that direction and fix some of her inconsistencies. Thank you for your critique Cherie, that was really incredibly helpful (and reassuring to hear that I was thinking correctly and her weak hind end engagement, haha).
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    03-27-2012, 12:40 AM
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Coming from a jumping background and not a hunter background, I see changes being needed as a result of the rider not doing her job well. I like being able to let the horse know which lead they need to land on. This means that you are telling the horse before they jump where they will be going and cueing them as they leave the ground. Changes have a moment of imbalance that I try to avoid at all costs. Even a second of hesitation (often seen during a change) can cost you big time in jumpers.
    03-27-2012, 12:52 AM
I don't know the rider in the video but although it would be ideal to always land on the correct lead, I'd like to have a flying change if she doesn't. I think I'm going to stay away from jumpers with Paris, she gets nervous and falls apart with too much speed. For now at least I'd further focus on getting her balanced, engaged, and organized. Thank you for your input!
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    03-27-2012, 03:58 AM
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You're absolutely right. Jumper is not something a horse gets thrown into. They must be well trained and carefully prepared. It is always best to start them in a slow, measured and well paced manner. I spoke regarding a horse who has been "around the block".
    03-27-2012, 08:42 AM
I am totally standing by the in gate with the rest of my team haha. I ride for UK, we love Paris! Are you showing at Zones this weekend?
    03-27-2012, 09:46 AM
Haha that's awesome! I ride at Morehead mostly but at the UK barn too one or two times a week, I'd like to go there when I'm in college.
You own Henry? I held Henry for a while at the Lakeside show, he's fantastic.

I'll be at Zones holding horses this weekend, but I'm not showing since I'm still in IEA, we had Zones a few weekends ago.
    03-27-2012, 09:48 AM
Yep, Henrys my boy. He will be there this weekend. Im not showing either, just schooling and holding horses.

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