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post #1 of 12 Old 08-08-2014, 02:23 AM Thread Starter
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Critque before we enter our first show

All western pleasure riders and judges: this is my 23yr old morgan gelding we will be showing in a local show soon and I wanted opinions on my gelding, is this what you want to see in the show ring? have more video and pictures upon request (ignore me just watch the horse im not sure why but sometimes I school using two hands) no rude comments please, he is pleasure trained and have won state shows and high point awards, and local shows, this is my first time showing him let me know what you think we are doing pony western pleasure, open, and senior western pleasure.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-08-2014, 03:18 AM
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you know I love your horse. he's too cute!

what sticks out sorely is that you have your elbows stiff and your hands much too low. I am sorry , but it looks a bit like you are driving a wheelbarrow. that isn't meant to sound harsh, becuase I know you are trying to learn and grow.

but, look at the last video where you are sitting up and holding with one hand. SOOO much nicer. it's not just that you are one handing, but that you are not trying to pull , or hold, his head in some position.

get those hands up, dear, and sit up , ride proud and centered with your hands connected to your core, not out stiff like two sticks pointing at the ground.

you'll get there!
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-08-2014, 03:23 AM Thread Starter
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you know I love your horse. he's too cute!

what sticks out sorely is that you have your elbows stiff and your hands much too low. I am sorry , but it looks a bit like you are driving a wheelbarrow. that isn't meant to sound harsh, becuase I know you are trying to learn and grow.

but, look at the last video where you are sitting up and holding with one hand. SOOO much nicer. it's not just that you are one handing, but that you are not trying to pull , or hold, his head in some position.

get those hands up, dear, and sit up , ride proud and centered with your hands connected to your core, not out stiff like two sticks pointing at the ground.

you'll get there!

Haha thanks I adore my horse too! and oh I know what you mean I really wasn't working on myself today like I should have I have about 3 more weeks to practice so I will for sure take what you said and use it (:
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-08-2014, 09:34 AM
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I personally would ride it like a Morgan not a qtr horse. It is open to every breed so they wouldn't expect an arabian to look like a peanut roller. And trim the tree branch so you don't have to duck and change your position.
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He looked good when you were riding one handed (as you should be for his age.) Whatever you were trying to do when you were two-handed wasn't working for either of you! As previously stated, he's a Morgan and the head carriage he had in your one-handed video was correct for him. Make sure you stay out of his mouth in the ring - you were "bumping" him a lot and will get marked down for it. I'd personally show a Morgan (or Arab, Saddlebred, anything with more upright head carriage) in romel reins, not split reins. As an added bonus, romels will give your free hand something to do/hold and you'll be more likely to keep it still.

Keep your own head up and looking forward, not looking down at your horse. You need to exude confidence in your horse and yourself at a show, whether or not you feel it. Good luck & have fun!
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Yes as others said, ride him like a Morgan not a QH. Definitely don't try to hold him in a frame or whatever, it looks very bad. Just let him move like you did in the last video. Deep breathes, be confident. Look forward.
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Keep your own head up and looking forward, not looking down at your horse. You need to exude confidence in your horse and yourself at a show, whether or not you feel it. Good luck & have fun!
This too. Nice horse! Have fun with him
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Thanks for all the responses (: I will deff put updated video up and switch to one handed and ride more like a morgan, this is my first western show so I thought the judges like the quarter horse look better, one question how would you wanna see him lope?? low and slow like a pleasure horse?? or more moved out??
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The quarter horse look, they (some) like on the quarter horses. But since he isn't a qh, it doesn't work for him. Since he is a morgan, he has (should) more knee action. So he def isn't gonna move like a pleasure qh. Once again, because he is a morgan lol. Let him move out some. Let him move like a Morgan is supposed to. I also have a morgan, and they are great horses. Just remember, ride him like he is a morgan and let him move like that too. You don't want to try and make him move like a qh. Good luck :)
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Thanks for all the responses (: I will deff put updated video up and switch to one handed and ride more like a morgan, this is my first western show so I thought the judges like the quarter horse look better, one question how would you wanna see him lope?? low and slow like a pleasure horse?? or more moved out??
If your goal is to please a QH judge, you need a QH! You're not going to fool a QH judge into thinking you're on a QH.

Trying to make him something he is not will disappoint you, frustrate your horse, and lower your score. Show him however HE looks best - if that is a slightly more elevated lope, embrace it. Proudly show the horse you HAVE to the best of his and your ability.
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