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post #1 of 19 Old 09-20-2018, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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A little bit of everything critique- dressage, seat, and conformation

So someone was kind enough to film the first few minutes of our ride, with some stirrupless work (still getting used to the ******s, and I'm unmotivated so I leave them across the pommel. )

He's been coming back into work well, but I can tell he's really having to work at it, so we have really good days where he has umph and power in his haunches and a lot of days like this one where we're mediocre and just getting good excerise. Which I am okay with. Life is Life, training is training and it will go how it will go, and we can't be impatient with building endurance and muscle.

https://youtu.be/2P7z1ARF17Y

https://youtu.be/t2YpPtV4Y5Q

He also was kind enough to stand still while coming down from the hill, so I got a semi okay if somewhat awkward conformation shot. No. He doesn't usually stand like he's laminitic- but he does when he's staring at a piece of plastic stuck in the fence. I also included a conformation shot from early last spring for comparison. I think we're FINALLY getting somewhere. Took a summer of recovery, but we have tack that fits so onward and upward. No pinching no problem . I'm loving how his back is turning out.
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Hi, will leave others to comment on your riding.

Confo... need better pics. Please check out the sticky on that.

Looks like he's well put together, but has a very pointy croup/TS region. Maybe something going on there I think. His feet also look like they need a good trim, look long, run forward heels. Right fore is a bit clubby?
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@loosie , he's in for a trim on Weds. Unfortunately my ability to get a good critique photo is largely dependent on whether he will stand still. I took advantage of the moment I had.... I figured with the old photo- the structure of the legs was well visible, and not something that really changes. His back, neck and topline- those all develop, so I figured the photo was adequate. He's always had a hunter bump, but it's starting to dissipate- is he chubby, oh yeah! he had all summer for turnout and to run around and be feral, of course he got a bit rotund, which is okay with me as temps are dropping and he slims down too much in the winter on average.


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What breed is this horse? I will critique later when I have some time.
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@waresbear German riding pony/arab

Out of a mare with mostly polish lines and by Nijinsky, who had a lot of Arab in him
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Love the GRP's! A friend of mine who ran a very upscale equestrian centre but has since moved to SC, raises them. Their foundation stock is from Germany where her family is from. The Patchwork Ranch specializing in purebred German Riding Ponies.
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Love the GRP's! A friend of mine who ran a very upscale equestrian centre but has since moved to SC, raises them. Their foundation stock is from Germany where her family is from. The Patchwork Ranch specializing in purebred German Riding Ponies.
I'd never tried one before Nick, but I'm pretty fond of how he's been put together. He acts and looks very Arab so much that people don't think he's a cross, but I think he's better put together for dressage due to that blood.


I don't know if I would have ever bred his dam or his sire though. I like Nijinsky but his conformation is Okay and not great, and mum was nothing special either. I got a nice pony out of it, but I think both had that predisposition to a pointy hip and dad didn't carry muscle well across his back. Not the worst breeding, but with my next horse (after I finish school) I want to get a GRP that screams quality.
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first of all, kudos for you for seeing the diamond in the rough. He looks like a prince now, from a bit of a pauper, then.


You ride really quite well. Becuase you have a very long torso, it's easy for you to start looking down from those great heights, and get a little bend in your shoulders. it also seems to sort of dampen him a bit, and then it seems like you end up 'pumping' the tiniest bit.


perhaps think more forward yourself. mentally look forward and have your hands more 'open' and forward, too. Its not that they actually move much forward, but rather you have this feel , as if you are offering your horse something. like, "after you", so that he passes through the door before you. or, like you are holding a silver tray, and you are a butler, offering it to a guest. It honors his honesty in moving forward.


if you bring your hands up a tiny bit, and point your thumbs , like a LASER, at the bit rings, and thik 'here you go', I think he'll step more into that invitation, meaning you don't push him with your torso, but 'ride' the front of his wave.
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if you bring your hands up a tiny bit, and point your thumbs , like a LASER, at the bit rings, and thik 'here you go', I think he'll step more into that invitation, meaning you don't push him with your torso, but 'ride' the front of his wave.
I actually really like this visualization and try to use the pinkies as my directional. Pointing at where I want the horse to go. When I ride I think I'm doing the things I ought to enough and then she video and go "I Need to do more of the right things" I like to think of posting through the hands like skiing, they stay in place,and the body moves through. I'm a bit snatchy on my left hand, which I have definitely gotten in trouble for. It's good to see it so I can chastise myself for something I don't usually notice. Other than "gee he's over bent to the inside I wonder why"

I'm probably pumping a fair bit. No stirrups after all means that you are to generate the energy to get out of the saddle. I'm still struggling with stirrups. I have a lesson in two weeks. I'm hoping the trainer can put me back together.
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You ride well. Your horse moves like an Arab, in fact his way of moving reminds me of my daughter's late beloved Arab. You do need to bring your shoulders back more and open up your chest, that will actually improve your hand position. When you ride, think about bringing your shoulders together at your back, a good exercise that helped my posture and position immensely. Any other fine tuning I can't make out in the video, and I won't fault your posting because unless you ride sans the pedals regularly & post, the struggle is real, lol.

Now your beautiful horse, I like him. I love his movement, I can see the Arab but that mini WB German Riding Pony jazz is there too. His legs are good, decent bone, not much muscle on his forearm on the fronts, but not a big deal. His looks pigeon chested, and his neck ties in high on his shoulder, hence the dip in front of the withers. All of his faults are minor in my opinion because my horses have these faults as well and it hasn't caused any functional problems. Thanks for posting, I enjoyed critiquing.
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