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equinegirl26 08-23-2012 12:02 PM

Eventing Critique!
Here are some pics of me riding Desi in my first lesson with my new trainer! This is also the 2nd. Time I've ridden her. (:
I need eventing style critique!

arrowattack09 08-23-2012 04:16 PM

IMO, this horse looks very green. I would do more flatwork with her before doing any jumping. She also looks a little thin...

equinegirl26 08-23-2012 04:27 PM

She is not green at all, she is a little hot, but is very well trained.
Desi's on grain twice a day and she is an arab/saddlebred mare also.

tinyliny 08-23-2012 04:39 PM

I, too , thought the horse looked a bit green. What I see is that she is not engaged. I mean, she is strung out, leaving her hind end hanging out behind her, not picking up her feet , but rather kind of shuffling along through the sand, and bracing her back. With a NSH it is always challenging because they do tend to be hot and want to be very bracing in the neck and back. She needs lots of warm up where you get her moving freely forward and work on encouraging her to reach down and foreward with her neck and reach well under herself with her hind.

arrowattack09 08-23-2012 04:40 PM

She is very heavy on her forehand and not balanced very well
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Ashsunnyeventer 08-23-2012 04:58 PM

Make sure sheis bending through her rib cage and not just in her neck. Also, point your toes forwards, not to the side. Your stirrups look a little long for jumping though so that might be the reason you're doing that. Keep your collarbones broad by rolling them up back and down. Also remember to keep your elbows closer to your hips, but still allow up and down movement through them. Keep a straight line between your ears, hips and heels (look at pictures 4&6). The last picture looks pretty good apart from your toes pointing out... good job :) This would be a harder horse to event because she looks so stiff and isn't flexing or engaging her hind end. Do you lease her or is she a lesson pony?

Ashsunnyeventer 08-23-2012 05:00 PM

PS- you can tell that she isn't engaged in her hind end because she isn't over tracking... her hind leg should step in the hoof print from her front leg when trotting. If she does this she will also have a rounder back and more compressed shape

equinegirl26 08-23-2012 08:05 PM

Yeah, she has been out of work for about a year, and she was bending correctly towards the end of the lesson, we just don't have any pics.

equinegirl26 08-23-2012 08:07 PM

I'm leasing her also.
My old trainer taught me to do all of these things and she said they were correct for hunter, so that is why my form isn't the best.

darlaflack 08-23-2012 09:29 PM

What a sweet looking mare that needs Food and Conditioning before I even would think about eventing. Take the time with her and learn on her.

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