Thanks everyone for your comments, really appreaciated!
I also wanted to point out that this is absolutely the moat terrible part of our ride, it always is, the warm up. It seems that if we dont trot around the school a couple times as-is, we never develop a stretch and from there the working gaits. Would like to make this step much smaller, or even eliminate it over time.
I was cringing when i saw my hands! Geez, thats embarrassing - but better to find out than live in the dark.
Apparently when i think 'loose rein', i just throw my hands away :/
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Oh, sorry, I did not mean that I aim to eliminate the warm up at all, but to eliminate (or make smaller over time) the time it takes to develop good working gaits >.<I don't know why you'd want to eliminate the warm up. The warm up is mostly there for the horse. So, if it were me, I would ride him some on a very loose rein for a bit (not a dressage thing), especially since he's in an indoor arena and can't really "go" anywhere. I'd have him go around and just allow him to put his head anywhere he wanted to. and see if he could maybe allow himself to keep his head down, and trot out for a bit, and maybe you'd start to feel him want to blow, and his back feel looser and a bit of swing come into it. Then I'd work on having him continue in the rythmic trot, and work on aksing him to come to a contact with the bit, and lift up his head and trot there for a bit, then follow the bit back down again. the longitudinal stretch/compress was something my old teacher used to make us do on every warm up.
Thanks, yeah I noticed that in the video too- didn't know I was doing itmy computer isn't working so well, so I had a hard time viewing the video in a smooth pace. but, it looked like when you were cantering away from the camera, that you had a bit of chicken wing flapping going on. I wonder if you would feel better if you anchored your upper arm , veritcal , to your ribcage .
Yes I have suspected that he might be sore, but he only does this in the arena... which makes me think it's just laziness lol.What I like about your horse is he's slow legged...he's not churning his legs and going nowhere. But because he's slow legged....I'd like to see him moving freer, especially through the shoulder.
As for the canter, I'm wondering if he's sore somewhere, because he does fall out of the canter, and there are times when he's out of sync with the rhythm, especially in the hind end. He "locks up" his and then his hocks aren't driving deep.
He looks like such a willing and sensible guy.....
He may not "think" he can canter in there....due to corners and the walls, closes things in visually for him. But I love him....and kudos to you for rescuing him!!Yes I have suspected that he might be sore, but he only does this in the arena... which makes me think it's just laziness lol.
Outside he moves SO much freer is amazing. He canters without me having to get after him and it's very nice- nothing at all like this canter video.
He could also just be very unbalanced through the corners (even though we turn very wide) he's a big horse even though he doesn't seem like it in the video- 16.2hh, and he could be losing it in the arena space.
Thanks for pointing this out though. More stuff to work on lol