Hi guys - I have 10yo AQHA gelding that I am currently training myself. He had a good solid foundation in WP as a 3yo then I decided I preferred another horse that we also bred, so this guy was turned into a rope horse/general ranch horse. I was horseless so decided to pick this guy up again about 1 1/2mo ago. I am aiming towards showing him in some buckskin shows this june or later, and maybe starting back up into QH, but I'm not sure he's of high enough quality. I had a friend make some videos of us yesterday and saw some problems and wondered if anybody had any suggestions on how to correct them (the last time I rode a western horse was when this guy was a 3yo stud colt - I've been riding English horses that would do horsemanship and western riding, but no true western horses).
Here is his jog (sorry for the bad camera work on this one - can see him pretty good at about :30 and after). I noticed that he is not really up under himself enough at the jog and needs a little more cadence. He is slow enough and has a nice head set, but needs to be more rounded. Any ideas on how to get this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1jid6F_SiE
Extended jog - pretty happy here. It is pretty conservative as he has a hard time extending out and not speeding his cadence up. As he gets more comfortable I would like to extend him out a bit more. Any more suggestsions? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCGP-dacOM8&feature=user
Lope - this has improved dramatically from where he was but still needs lots of help. I like where he is at with his hind end, still needs more roundness through his body and dropping his head down at the withers, not in the middle of his neck. He needs a lot of work with consistency as he goes in and out of the lope alot. Still working on walk - lope transitions. When he gets those nicely his lope afterwards is better. Any ideas? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zDjw7S232c&feature=user
Here is one of him spinning. I'm pretty good on what to do to improve this, but am still open for suggestions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhh3pw5BVXQ&feature=user
Here is one on the flat for HUS and one over a couple of low jumps - I pretty much know his limitations here and how to improve him, but thought I would include them so you could see the overall horse and soembody might have a suggestions that I didn't. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhh3pw5BVXQ&feature=user http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKAXyEzy6vw&feature=user