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  • Showing a halfliger rated hunters

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    09-08-2013, 10:26 AM

My haflinger pony was trained for the hunter world when she was 3. I got her and I was a kid and just wanted to play and ride. I want to start showing some more in the hunter world. She is extremely cute and fancy once she gets going and she is very competitive so she should excel in the show ring. My questions are: How do I get her to stretch down ( she does a little already but not far enough)? How do I get her trot to be more extended instead of cookie cutter movement (she isn't horrible but it could use some work)? Finally, how do I get her to engage her hind legs and quarters at the canter (she shuffles and drags her hind legs it isn't a soundness issue she is just LAZY)? Thanks so much! No stupid answers please..
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    09-08-2013, 10:39 AM
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Work on getting her to flex at the poll, and get more power from behind. You want a 'round' horse. Make sure the tack you use is appropriate (legal) for the show ring, if you are planning on going to rated shows.

I would probably suggest employing a trainer to help you. There is a lot more to showing than just getting your pony to look the part.
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    09-10-2013, 09:03 AM
A surprisingly small amount of horses are truly engaging the hqs at any gait- before you can expect her to do this at the canter you need her to be able to do it at the walk and then trot first. She needs to develop the proper muscles of carrying herself correctly. Not only is this very beneficial for the horse, you'll get that all-round togetherness look/feeling instead of just a headset.

Do a lot of work at the trot. Circles in and out and lateral work will encourage her to stretch down and forward. You also have to get a bigger trot from her (if you don't feel that the one she's at is truly engaging herself, I don't know, haven't seen her work) and by this just ask her to extend it more than her usual stride while working on the bending. Biggest thing to remember is timing and tempo, sounds like she naturally has that ability which gives you an edge in training.

It's really a lot to explain over the interwebs, probably a good idea that you get a trainer to help you with it! Good luck with showing, have a blast! :)
    09-10-2013, 11:31 PM
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