August 22, 2014

Please judge horse and rider

image image imageMy 4 year old 16.3hh thoroghbred and I about a week ago in our 3rd ride together. We are still figuring each other out but tips and critique are appreciated! Thanks!

Getting back into work

Please don’t post on social media, thanks

This is me and my 7 year old OTTB Artie. I haven’t posted any pictures of him in a while because he was off for a month and a half with a huge abscess (you can still see his blue hoof in one of the pictures) and has just gotten back into work in the past month. I’ve had a lot of trouble getting him to actually accept contact in the past and move through his back, but using a lot of things I learned on different horses during his time off has really helped recently. Even when he isn’t completely through himself he no longer resists the contact. But, he still gapes his mouth open at least a  little bit whenever there is any contact with his mouth. I’ve been told that this is a sign of resistance but he does it even when he is very soft in the bridle and moving through his back, so I’m really not sure what to think. Is it possible that his bit is uncomfortable?

Anyway, here are the pictures. Thanks!

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Flat Work

This is Robbin (CSH) and I getting back into shape after some time off. That’s the reason I am trying not to ask for a lot of bend or collection. She is giving so much just by carrying herself. We ride training level eventing. She just came up 9 and I am amazed at her rideability and how much she has matured in a year. We have been together since she was 5 months old.

She gets stiff in the jaw going right. I would love to know any exercises that could get her to be softer on the right rein.

Please let us know what we should work on.

#karenmcgoldrick Hello, It's Aleyna again. I read your previous critique on my extended trot photo with Lucy. It was taken at the exact right moment I guess because I really don't usually have such a perfect shot like that. So here's another photo of Lucy and I doing Canter work. Again were still preparing for 3rd level Champs. I really would like to know how I look and what I can do to improve myself and Lucy. If you'd like a video please let me know and I can get one for you. It would be really great just to get some advice. Thank you. :-)

#karenmcgoldrick
Hello, It’s Aleyna again. I read your previous critique on my extended trot photo with Lucy. It was taken at the exact right moment I guess because I really don’t usually have such a perfect shot like that. So here’s another photo of Lucy and I doing Canter work. Again were still preparing for 3rd level Champs. I really would like to know how I look and what I can do to improve myself and Lucy. If you’d like a video please let me know and I can get one for you. It would be really great just to get some advice. Thank you. :-)

#karenmcgoldrick
Hello, It’s Aleyna again. I read your previous critique on my extended trot photo with Lucy. It was taken at the exact right moment I guess because I really don’t usually have such a perfect shot like that. So here’s another photo of Lucy and I doing Canter work. Again were still preparing for 3rd level Champs. I really would like to know how I look and what I can do to improve myself and Lucy. If you’d like a video please let me know and I can get one for you. It would be really great just to get some advice. Thank you. :-)

http://www.judgemyride.net/dressage-2/412363.html

Rohan

Click for me and my 12 year old Thoroughbred mare in novice at Rebecca Farm. Please judge us both!

Jake schooling his freestyle test

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I’ve put up some photos of Jake’s medium, working, and collected trot from a few weeks ago when we were practicing for his first freestyle test (which he ended up winning); I’ve been doing a lot of work on getting him to ‘sit’ with my instructor and using himself, plus I took him to a clinic where he really seemed to take a step forward in working across the back and using his hind end. Based on these, is there anything I should be focusing on in particular? Thanks in advance :)

Please Judge :)

Tried to post this yesterday, but it didn’t work? Anyways, this is a picture of my 6 y/o Holsteiner mare and I. I’ve trained her from scratch. I don’t have any formal dressage training, but I’ve been reading up and trying to get her to work over her back and use her hind end better. So, please, let me know what you think/ if you think I’m on the right track. This picture might not be the best example, so if you need anymore pics, I can look for some or maybe get some more when I ride tomorrow. Thank you!!

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Dressage Demo

This is HD Saranac, 20 year old Morgan mare and I at a morgan horse demo in NY a few weeks ago. Any thoughts on her or I would be welcomed!

 

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Please Judge :)

Please No Social Media!!

Hi Karen ;) this is me and my lease horse Maca. we compete beginner novice in eventing and our dressage is improving bit by bit. i left my trainers commentary in so you could see what she had to see but anyway please judge! This is the trainer I ride with when My usual trainer is away at shows. she is pretty cool and very different from my usual one :) I was also trying to stay away from the lady at the end of the ring so I had to improvise a little in some places. thanks so much! also I do have draw reins on but i try not to use them. I only use them when I work on taking a break back to work transitions

http://youtu.be/1zOXk5LUzHc

Bitless Flatwork

Hey Karen!

So this is Sid, my Oldenburg gelding. We’re hoping to begin eventing this fall. I recently purchased a bitless bridle to use in the show jumping and xc phases of a few local events, and this was my first time riding in it. I have to say I was very impressed with how he went in it on the flat. We got some of the smoothest leg yields and shoulder-ins we’ve ever had, and actually completed a half pass in each direction for the first time (before he would just lock up and stutter to a halt). Here’s a few photos from that ride. I would love to know what you think we could work on. He does have a bit for dressage at the competitions, and normally I do ride in it for dressage work, this just happened to be a very productive warmup for our jumping. His poll is a bit lower than I would like in the first trotting photo, I’m fairly certain it’s due to my atrocious equitation.

Thank you!!

PS – Please feel free to remove from Dressage if necessary! :D

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