Zephyr's lesson pictures. Would really like feedback!
So this is Zephy, he's a 14 year old breeding stock paint gelding, 15.2 and has come so farin the 7-8 years iv known/heaped with him.
When he first came into my life he was a mess, he was all bones and not a happy camper. He wasn't going to make the jumper/dressage horse I wanted and it worked out for my family friend to take him on and boy has it been a very great jurney watching them grow and progress together. Everything happens for a reason, this guy is the poster child for that!:D
Iv been off any on working with Zephyr and his mom for the entire time she has had him after moving on from me. Right now is a huge stepping stone in his training, about to really be over a hump in both their training together in a short time I can see it and feel it:wink: I'm so excited for these two!
***I DO have permission to put these photos up by the owner!!***
She and I have really started working together more and more over the last two months due to her not being able to trailer to her weekly lessons. Today was the last haul out lesson for a while tillage buys her new trailer. So her trainer who I'm close with agreed and really liked the thought of me going out as much as I can and working with them both.
This horse is very smart and LOVES to take advantage of his rider, test her and try every way out of working but once he is there, they are so great looking!
The rider/owner has gained so much confidance just this year in pushing him.
So right now they are wanting to eventually (next year or so?) move up to 1st level. (dressage) but really need to fine tune all the movements ingraining level, get more confidant together, stay more forward in front of her aids, stay straight and realx a lot more in all gaits.
Zephyr's confirmation doesn't scream dressage sadly, long weak back and thick upside down neck, something that they have really been working on but she is finding he has so many little tricks to fake being round and coming through from his hind end and now it's just getting the riders confidence up more to push him through all these tatics and not let him mess around, avaiding the work...
So what do you see, like and don't like on these photos. I can upload the videos if needed, two 3-5 minute videos of her lesson, all three gaits both ways.
These are the stills I got that felt he was straight and pushing from his hind end.
I like how this horse is moving, his long reaching stride and his hindquarters working and using his neck. Nothing I don't like, thanks for posting.
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Not easy to get him in good working consistent frame like these pictures show. Right now he gets there, isn't sure and falls out again.
We will be working on quickening the aids, straightness, forward from hind legs, quiet, fallowing relaxed body....
To me it looks like the rider is really tipping forward and is being pushed out of her saddle either by her pinching knee, the big thigh blocks or the seat size.
I would like to see her body position really become more solid as this will really help with the contact issues. The contact starts with the seat as it is anchored the whole way down the back. The arms are merely extensions of the reins and in these pictures she is really using her arms to ride.
I think it would be beneficial to this rider to ride without stirrups and really work on getting a lengthened leg in the correct position (the heels and lower leg are too far back right now) that eventually the stirrups can be lowered and allow her to sit deep in the saddle. If there is a saddle available with a flatter seat that may also be beneficial.
The horse is showing a good training level frame, for good scores at first level he will need to shift his weight back and bring the poll higher as well as show better lateral flexibility throughout his body.
This is our horse parks arena, I never get to haul up, I dint know how to haul yet lol I have on,y an outdoor so I'm jealous of those who get weekly lessons and haul up daily!!
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