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post #11 of 16 Old 06-25-2012, 06:53 AM
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I am on my phone, so will add more later.

Why is she in a snaffle? At least it looks like it from what I can see in the video. How old is she?

Everything in your position is pitching her forward and making her get quick. Sit down and back. Think about making the front part of your pelvic bones the farthest forward point of your body. Bring your upper body back and roll your shoulders back. Bring your leg back, open and relax your thigh, and quit breaking your ankles with your foot out. Put your weight in your heel, turn your toes to the outside, and put your entire leg and your foot against her.

Get off the rail for now. I'll give you some more info later.
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Agree with this. Everything is rushed....the jog and the lope, both of which are too fast. Rider body position has everything to do with getting a horse to use their body correctly, which then helps with rate.
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post #12 of 16 Old 06-25-2012, 07:02 AM
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Are you planning on showing this mare THIS season? How old is she?

I would reiterate the seat suggestion, cpncentrate on it, it really DOES slow them. If you are unwilling to change it because your current seat "works for you"-then I say good luck. Have at it.

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post #13 of 16 Old 07-01-2012, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Lucy did GREAT! As for all of the negativity, I suppose that I read "Spur's" comment with the wrong inflection. I respect myself and my riding instructor enough to know that working on my seat is a never-ending process.

But, hey, WE WON! We had a great show. First place in walk, jog, lope out of 9 horses!! We also did a halter class just for fun. She didn't place (the judge said muscle mass was detrimental to her score) but Lucy was extremely relaxed and receptive in the ring, she did great!
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-02-2012, 09:56 AM
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If you want an even lower headset (which I don't think you need, her headset looks fine to me) work on flexing from side to side.
I noticed your reins were very short. You shouldn't need that much contact with the bit. To think of it, that's probably why your horse's headset isn't where it used to.
I'd suggest doing one or two shows just showing in novice western pleasure classes to gain experience and confidence before you go all out :)

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post #15 of 16 Old 07-02-2012, 09:58 AM
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Lucy did GREAT! As for all of the negativity, I suppose that I read "Spur's" comment with the wrong inflection. I respect myself and my riding instructor enough to know that working on my seat is a never-ending process.

But, hey, WE WON! We had a great show. First place in walk, jog, lope out of 9 horses!! We also did a halter class just for fun. She didn't place (the judge said muscle mass was detrimental to her score) but Lucy was extremely relaxed and receptive in the ring, she did great!
Love the braiding job!!! Cute :)

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post #16 of 16 Old 07-02-2012, 07:53 PM
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Wow, you both look well turned out!

I'm glad you had fun, at the end of the day that is all that matters.

Showing is most fun (for me anyway) because it gives us good ideas on what we need to improve on. Keep striving to get to that next step and your gunna be a great rider and horse person!
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