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Hey everyone, Im new here!! I think I should do a basic intrudctionthen then I will go make a new thread a little more in debth .Im Tracy and im 16, Ive been riding for 10 years, I just got my horse Diesel in March(hes my first, a 6 year old 17' OTTB) we are going to be showing hunters and possibly dressage this summer.

Anywhooo I just want a critique on our jumping(there are some flat pics to ), this is his second time jumping this high and my 2 time in 3 years, I should probably stick to some smaller jumps to work on my position and some gym lines would deffinatly help but I just wanted to snap some pictures to send to family for the new year

And a confo critique! Anything you see just point I would LOVE to know! also what do you think he has potential for?

Thanks :D

Anyways pick me apart! Harsher the better

OH and please excuse my spelling, im not the best speller ! :oops: and sorry for the long speach haha!

Confo Critique:
BEFORE(when I first got him)

NOW:


Yes He is a extreamly hard keeper and we went through tests, nothing is wrong with him, hes just hard to put weight on :cry:








Jumping Critique:


Horriable Facial expression haha






 

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I can't comment much on jumping, but I can help a little on conformation. Ideally a square side shot would be better, but this is what I see:

*Slightly steep shoulder
*Decent neck, could tie in a little higher
*Tied in below the knee
*Long and weak front pasterns

Now, I am not an expert by any means, but that's what I see. Someone correct me if I am wrong, though, I still have a lot to learn. And I can't really get a good view of his hind legs, so I can't comment on them. Overall I like him, he is very cute and has a kind eye.
 

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Wow that first picture really shocked me...it's great thats he's at a normal weight now :) For jumping I think you can work your realease more. Um I think you had like one flat picture you had a chair seat position so sit more forward in your saddle which will help bring your leg back and heels down. Then in like 2 jumpin pics you need to sit taller and heels down. So yah! Beutiful TB :) I think you should put some muscle on him though for confo.
 

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I love him! He's adorable. His facial marking is very similar to my mare's facial marking. It's kind of spooky.

I agree that his pasterns look long in the first picture. They look better in the second picture, though, and so do his hooves. Did you get them worked on?

For you, I agree that your heels need to be more down, especially when you jump. But I really like your hands and your seat overall. He looks really relaxed while you're riding him.

In some of the pictures he looks a little downhill, but I could be wrong. He looks like a very cute jumper, very springy. =)
 

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Wow that first picture really shocked me...it's great thats he's at a normal weight now :) For jumping I think you can work your realease more. Um I think you had like one flat picture you had a chair seat position so sit more forward in your saddle which will help bring your leg back and heels down. Then in like 2 jumpin pics you need to sit taller and heels down. So yah! Beutiful TB :) I think you should put some muscle on him though for confo.
Thanks :) He isnt normal weight yet, stiall a little skinny, but we are slowly getting there:D Relesase has always been a problem but its improved a little (yes it used to be worse haha) He is a cutie and ya he needs muscle, its takeing awhile to :( but I worked on it for awhile he got ALOT and then he got hurt and was on stall rest for one month and lost ALL of his muscle and its taking longer to build! oh well we have all winter ;)


I love him! He's adorable. His facial marking is very similar to my mare's facial marking. It's kind of spooky.

I agree that his pasterns look long in the first picture. They look better in the second picture, though, and so do his hooves. Did you get them worked on?

For you, I agree that your heels need to be more down, especially when you jump. But I really like your hands and your seat overall. He looks really relaxed while you're riding him.

In some of the pictures he looks a little downhill, but I could be wrong. He looks like a very cute jumper, very springy. =)
Thanks :) Ya for some reason there are alot of horses with similar markings, I found his warmblood twin online ;). Yes Heals down! its so hard for me but i deffinatly need to work on that! Yes I got him a new farrier, much better job! work in progresss but everything takes time(hard to belive his old farrier was ian millars farrier too) :cry:He is relaxed, very very lazy horse but he certainly has his days ;) and no he isnt downhill at all :p I dont know why the pictures look like that:oops: Thanks again!
 

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I can't critique confo, but in the jumping pics, your lower leg is slipping back a bit in a few pics. It should be in the same position as it is in the 5th pic where you're trotting. It looks like you're just jumping ahead a bit. New horse and having not jumped in awhile probably both contributing to it. Your basic position is good, so that will work itself out after you two get to know each other better. That last pic is about where it should be, pretty much perpendicular to the ground. Cute horse.
 

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i agree with what everyone else said. but i have to add: i was amazed the the difference between teh before pic asnd after!! it almost made me cry because it reminded me of my old thoroughbred, we changed him a lot to then sold him :'(

but hes adorabole! i would steal him if i could!
 

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No critique from me but i just wanted to say that I honestly have never seen a cuter/ more gorgeous TB in my life. I adore him!!
 

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Nice horse... you two look cute together :)

Jumping:
-don't pinch your knees
-put your heels a bit more down
-center your half seat and stretch up, remember the horse will close your hip angle for you, you don't have to do it yourself
-when jumping smaller, remember to get you bum out of the saddle :)
-great job looking ahead while jumping! thats a great skill to have!
-nice release too
-have fun! lol
 

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i was amazed the the difference between teh before pic asnd after!! it almost made me cry because it reminded me of my old thoroughbred, we changed him a lot to then sold him :'(

but hes adorabole! i would steal him if i could!
Thanks so much! He certaintly has changed ALOT personality and look wise(and with his training; Completly different horse) Selling horses is always hard :( But it looks like you have a very cute one now :D Oh and no stealing! Hes my life!

No critique from me but i just wanted to say that I honestly have never seen a cuter/ more gorgeous TB in my life. I adore him!!
Thanks a million! I certaintly think hes a cutie aswell. I will be sure to tell him that you adore him! Not that he doesnt already know that :wink:
 

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I agree with what everyone else has said in terms of his conformation and your equitation!

But, he's running on his front end in the flat pictures; simply being lazy (like my pony! Haha). Really work on having him use his end end to push himself rather than pull himself with his front end. This will also help him use himself over the jumps rather than just soaring over them like he's doing now. Take him back over some smaller fences and push him to not take off so far away, this will make him lift himself and actually work over the fence.
But, the best thing you can do for him is work him on the flat really though. :)

I really do like him though! He's a really cute horse who just needs to be taught how to travel while balancing a rider.
 
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