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Supermane 05-18-2009 02:51 PM

Movement critique
 
Okay, I only have videos going to the right, but I didn't really realize that until now. He has been off for about 5 months due to sickness so he is rusty, but what do you think?

He is a 10 year old thoroughbred and he is a childrens hunter, but clearly won't be ready for showing until he gets back into shape. Please ignore my bad position (I am aware that my stirrups are too long) and some of his pulling.

Trot:
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...h_CIMG0074.jpg

Canter:
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...h_CIMG0076.jpg

Gillian 05-18-2009 03:19 PM

I don't know if I'm just seeing things but it looks like he's off. It looks like he's bobbing his head at the trot. Did he feel off to you? It's really hard to tell whether he is or not. Hmm.

appylover31803 05-18-2009 03:38 PM

I noticed that too at the trot, though maybe its part of his recovery from his illness?

Besides that I think you guys look really good together.

Supermane 05-18-2009 06:46 PM

He isn't off (we made sure of that before we started riding him. He actually had a full vet check for insurance purposes two weeks ago), but I noticed the head bobbing when I watched the video as well. I think part of it is an illusion, as his mane (which half sticks up, half falls on both sides) bobs up and down when he moves (it's really thick right now) and he is pulling... a lot.

JustDressageIt 05-18-2009 06:51 PM

He has an absolutely lovely sweeping trot. I did notice a few head bobs at the trot, but since he didn't look short in the legs, I would assume that he was just throwing his neck around. Sometimes that can be a sign of lameness, but more times than not it's just a head bob and nothing to be concerned about - the only reason I'm saying this is because the bobbing wasn't consistent, it was a couple times here and there.
I absolutely love his trot. Nice and reaching, nice tempo, tracking up. Gorgeous.
The canter is very nice, but could be a little longer, it didn't look like he was wanting to reach at all.

JustDressageIt 05-18-2009 06:53 PM

I should say rather that when I saw the head bobs, I backed the video up and kept my eye on his legs, and they kept on a'truckin' without hesitation. Necks and heads can be misleading :)

Supermane 05-18-2009 08:43 PM

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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt (Post 309432)
He has an absolutely lovely sweeping trot. I did notice a few head bobs at the trot, but since he didn't look short in the legs, I would assume that he was just throwing his neck around. Sometimes that can be a sign of lameness, but more times than not it's just a head bob and nothing to be concerned about - the only reason I'm saying this is because the bobbing wasn't consistent, it was a couple times here and there.
I absolutely love his trot. Nice and reaching, nice tempo, tracking up. Gorgeous.
The canter is very nice, but could be a little longer, it didn't look like he was wanting to reach at all.

Thanks, good to know that he doesn't look lame, he certainly doesn't feel lame. His canter is slightly short, I noticed it after you mentioned it, any tips on how to get him to lengthen it?

JustDressageIt 05-18-2009 09:32 PM

Ask him to lengthen out and then shorten up. Perhaps because he was off for a while his mucle definition isn't where it should be. Lots of transitions to get that hinddquarter moving freely. Ask him to step up and lengthen without getting faster and zooming around the ring.
Absolutely lovely horse you have - I've always been a fan!

Supermane 05-18-2009 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt (Post 309552)
Ask him to lengthen out and then shorten up. Perhaps because he was off for a while his mucle definition isn't where it should be. Lots of transitions to get that hinddquarter moving freely. Ask him to step up and lengthen without getting faster and zooming around the ring.
Absolutely lovely horse you have - I've always been a fan!

Thanks, you so much. I'm really hoping to get him back to where he was before he was off before I have to go to college, but his muscling has been hindering that. He tires out fairly quickly, especially with the abnormally warm weather we've been having. I'll work on doing more transitions with him and hopefully things will start falling back into place. I'll also try asking him to lengthen, but I don't want to give him too much too fast and injury him.

Also, he has also been giving little bucks at the canter, particularly to right, usually during the transition (he can also be sticky to get the lead, which he wasn't before). Now, that I think about it that's probably why I didn't have a video. We've been assured that it isn't from pain and he doesn't do it on the lounge. Since he has been off of his pills he has been doing it less and less so it might just be residuals from that; the antibiotic is pretty harsh on their stomachs. Any tips for that?

He just came off of his 80 pills a day of doxycycline, which he was on for about 3-4 months, about a month ago. He was being treated for lymes, and his current titer is in the high range of normal. I really don't know if this is relavent, but I'll add it in case it is significant to anyone...

JustDressageIt 05-18-2009 11:15 PM

Yikles. I wish you the best of luck with his recouperation! What a handsome boy.
If you are looking to build muscle, walk up and down hills - walk, not trot or canter because the walk is the hardest to do. Just a couple times each time you go out and you'll see drastic improvement quickly. If you're not comfortable doing that right at the moment, then just flat it and work on hills in a few months when he's started to get his wind back :)


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