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post #1 of 11 Old 08-11-2009, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Critique pwease? APHA Pleasure Paint horse... hehe

I've only got two pictures, and I'd really like some tips for me! I am completely self-trained when it comes to jumping so, it is what it is. ;) I know I need way more weight in my heels! I need more give with my hands, too. Any exercises you can think of would be nice. I try to take pictures and videos when I can so that I can see what I'm doing and fix it. ;)

Also critique my boy... he's a APHA paint horse who shows on the APHA circuit... and hehe, he also does western pleasure too. :P I've done all his training thusfar, and we've got several Registers of Merit in Equitation, Hunter Under Saddle... and now we're working on Western pleasure. haha

Back bar is set at 2'6" so it's a pretty small jump; we don't do much higher. Yeah yeah I know, no helmet, don't harp. :P

I threw some other pictures of the boy in there... for some people who know me (s'been a while since I've been on here!) this is my paint that I'm always talking about.










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post #2 of 11 Old 08-11-2009, 03:35 PM
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I don't have any tips lol But I did want to tell you, your boy is stunning. :) I love the last pic that shows the white on his side/belly. hehe

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post #3 of 11 Old 08-11-2009, 03:48 PM
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what a pretty boy! he seems well rounded!
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-11-2009, 03:50 PM
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I think you look good! Gorgeous horse, he looks like an all around athlete

You do need to sink into your heels more. Try lots , and I mean LOTS of two pointing on the flat athe the walk, trot and canter. If you are still having trouble, stand up and let your weight drop into your heels. Then sit down again, but focus on keeping your heels where they are.

Part of the trouble is that you are pinching your knees. Instead, open your knees and let your heels and lower calf anchor you in the saddle. This will also keep your leg from sliding back.

For your release, it's not horrible. If you don't feel confident in doing an automatic release quite yet, pick a spot about half way up his neck and grab mane untill you get accustomed to it, then jkust slide your hands up his neck.

look up a bit more, that should help you too.

Your horse has a very cute jump, you too could go far! And sorry for the novel,
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-11-2009, 04:39 PM
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wow, what a cutie :)
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-11-2009, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

Dogscatsrodents, thanks for the tips! I can see the slight pivot at the knee; I've been working on it and I'll just have to think 'HEELS!' when I go over the jump! hehee I definitely need to do some stirrupless work... ugh.

Thanks again!

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post #7 of 11 Old 08-11-2009, 04:53 PM
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ahem *helmet* cough cough. :))))

I think your horses are very cute! Everything about the position has been nicely said before by 1dog3cats17rodents.

on another note... I REALLY want to braid like you! haha. mine suck

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-12-2009, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hehe! Thanks

That's funny! That's the third time I've EVER braided... It just takes me a really long time. As long as you pull the hair down and out to the sides to make it tight, they'll usually come out alright. If they're loose, then they look silly when you pull them up ;)

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post #9 of 11 Old 08-13-2009, 08:09 PM
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i LOVEEEE your horses form in pic 2!! i love his tuck! its almost perfect!!!
hes a realll cutie!!and i love that he does english and western pleasure and jumps! it hard to find a horse that does well with all 3!! he must be a real athlete! im jealous! ;)
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-13-2009, 08:27 PM
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You need to be leaning forward way towords hid neck, and you legs sild back
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