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post #1 of 5 Old 09-21-2011, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Hunter Show with Excel--Pictures

Saturday I took Excel to his third show ever, which was also his first hunter show. He did great in the warm-up ring, I schooled him up to 2'3", and he was happy and willing and forward and he felt amazing. We had some problems with his right lead, he was bending his body correctly but striking off on the left lead no matter the direction we were going. The area we were asked to ride in for the flat classes was a very narrow path around the arena, so my big-strided guy was having trouble maneuvering along the ponies and smaller-strided horses. I think we did okay, though














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You are doing this right! Even though you schooled up to 2'3", you still kept it simple by doing a cross rails class to just expose him.

Even though the jumps are just another canter stride, really try to not sit down too soon, as you start to tug on his mouth on the landing side.

Practise doing a press release, instead of just pushing your hands forward. It looks much neater and tidier.

Love the fact that you aren't giving a "boob to mane" release, but just the right amount for the jump size.
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"Boob to mane" release--love it!!

Thanks, Velvet! He was excellent, I was so proud of him. His first two shows, he called and screamed and went crazy when left alone, but Saturday he was behaving perfectly. I was surprised to notice that I seem to have totally corrected my problem of looking down at the horse when I ride. I'll have to work on not sitting back too soon after the jump...I did find myself catching him in the mouth occasionally. What's a press release, if I may ask? I've never heard of it.

I stayed to watch my friend show in the 2'6" children's hunter pony division; she rides at this barn. I would love to take lessons here, but first I need to find a job to afford them!

The farrier put bright orange pads on him instead of the usual hunter green....I'm going to have to get him to go back to the neutral color when he comes next

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Basically, you take your kunckles, and "press" them into your horses neck.

File:Kentucky Derby Days-Hopscotch.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Looks like this^^.

Some people also call it a "crest" release.

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