How is she coming along??
This is Storm. I got her at the end of January and I think she's come along way in several different areas myself. She's already been trained and competed on in barrels and trained in poles. She was a bit underweight and had mud fever on all her legs pretty high up, and covered in botts. Now she's shedded out to be a beautifull horse and I love her more and more every day. I'm fixing to have the vet come out and get a bunch of stuff done for her.
Here's what I started with
First day home
A couple days later after clipping her legs
And here she is now :)
These were taken yesterday. The kids i'm babysitting just left a few minutes earlier and I was in a rush to saddle up and forgot to grab my helmet which I always wear when I ride so no coments on that please. I was working on understanding how to lead changes which is hard in that small space as you can probably imagine. I'm going to take her across the street to a bigger pasture next time probably if the skeeters don't chase us out again. This was the first time i've asked any horse to do a lead change so it looks a bit ruff. In the first video she started out on the wrong but I was able to get her to change before the first turn... or she did it her self I don't know. The other two or just loping in circles.
These are the only two from a week ago the rest or from last night.
So you can see her weight.
These are from last night
And the videos
Please let me know what you think.
Im not great with critiquing. But her weight gain is apparent. Between the first and last photos she looks MUCH healthier, shiny coat, bright eyed. You have an absolutely GORGEOUS mare. Keep up the good work:-)
What a pretty girl! I love her. Here is some of what I saw:
Make sure to keep your heels down and bring your foot out of the stirrup a bit. Just the ball of your foot should be in there. I noticed a few times that you were leaning forward in the lope. I like to sit back and really get my weight in my bum/heels. A few times during the circle you looked kind of floppy. This will help :) Heep your back nice and straight and bring your leg back a bit as right now they're sticking out far. (Could be you just helping her along though so if so, disregard)
Also, is that a gag bit you're riding in? If so, I would switch to a snaffle while you train her (so you can use two hands) and then go back to the other bit once she is stable enough to ride with one hand (how I like a gag to be ridden)
Keep up the good work and keep posting videos/pictures!
Thanks for the help!
I have a very hard time sitting with my back straight. I don't know why I can't, even sitting in a chair I lean forward. I'll work on it but that's definatelly going to take some time. I was having to help her along because in the turns she kept wanting to break down to a trot, but then would go into a lope again, so she was kinda rating herself. When I was flopping, do you just mean bouncing out of the saddle? I didn't know I was that bad untill I watched theese videos my self. I think i'm going to lower my stirrups a hole to see if that will help. Or that could've been when I was asking for a lead change too. This was my first time to ask any horse to do one, so it looked pretty bad.
I'm riding her in a Wonder Gag bit with a sweet iron mouth peice. She works great in it. It has a broken mouth peice, and I thought that you were always suppose to ride two handed with one? And one hand only if you have a solid mouth peice? I try to only use one hand at the walk so her shoulder doesn't drop in the turn. I might drop the outside rein and go to the horn though, and pick up on the inside rein, but that's it.
Yeah, bouncing. I have problems with it whenever I take a break from riding. It didnt look terrible, just an area to work on.
It's not the mouth piece that matters, it's if it is a curb or snaffle. Because of the cheek pieces (and I'm fairly certain, but I may be wrong) and depending on your curb strap, I wouldn't consider it just a snaffle. It puts pressure on the sides of the lips, roof of the mouth, underneath the jaw (if you have a curb chain) and poll. So you would want to use one hand. They're not really meant to be ridden with contact (I use one when running my barrel horse) as they CAN be severe. I quite like gags as my horse goes great in one too, but for training, I'd rather see a snaffle. (D Ring, O ring, Eggbut, etc. Not just a jointed mouthpiece)
Oh ok! I see what your saying now about the bit. I do have a d-ring that I can use with her, if you think that one would be better.
Do you think lowering my stirrups would help with the bouncing out?
You know, I would just try it with the stirrups. If they're too long, you're going to be looking for them the entire time and your going to end up pointing your toes to the ground. Try it though and see if you feel comfortable and are able to put your feet down.
I personally ride with shorter stirrups because I'm used to barrel racing.
Doesn't hurt to try though
Yea I know what you mean about having to look for them. I can't stand long stirrups. I'm glad in barrels it's important to have them a bit shorter so you can get out the saddle better lol. Im using a 15" seat but my stirrups are probably as short as a youths saddle would be lol. Do you think they are fine the way they are, or should they be shorter or longer? I can't help but feel if they go shorter than I really will fly out the saddle lol.
And I also just put the rough back in the rough out fenders and regretted so that was uncormfortable ride for me lol. I don't think i'll be doing that again.
Thank you for all your help!
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