May 24, 2013
Judge My Ride
This is my horse Mr. Fluffy (Ryan J) and I. He is 16.3 holstiner from Germany. I have owned him for about 2 1/2 years now and this is us doing the Novice 2A. ALL COMMENTS ARE WELCOME SO PLEASE JMR.
Just for the reference of other Judge My Ride members that are from the US…..here is the link that shows a Novice 2A test: http://www.equestrian.org.au/site/equestrian/national/downloads/2005/dressage/rules_tests/2009/2009%20Tests/2A.pdf
Much more difficult than what we consider a novice test in America
Just a thought, you might want to shorten your reins so that you hands can still be out in front of you and you can have a straight line from your elbow to the bit. I would not lower your hands at all though because Mr. Fluffy’s pole is too low, and seeing from his beautiful bulging neck muscle, shortening your reins should bring his pole up and he will look even more beautiful!
Unfortunately you can’t get a comment from the judges because your photo has a watermark.
Not a judge so I can give you some input.
I am wondering if you are starting a stretchy trot circle. Can’t see the letter behind you but as your horse’s poll is getting very low, I would guess it is what you are doing! If that is the case not sure why you are raising your hands up so high (with your elbows flaring out) while kind of holding him. It makes him “duck” rather than reach forward and out. Personally I would bring them more apart and down with very giving elbows. I agree that you should keep some contact (especially with outside rein) to encourage him to look for it but holding is counter productive. Plus it makes you look down.
His trot seems very nice. Hard to tell much more form that half side angle. Same for your position. He sure is beautiful horse. You are lucky to own him.
I find it funny that you have such a majestic looking boy and he goes by Mr. Fluffy. His trot looks lovely, as does your position. I’m just going to go ahead and assume that this was just a photo where you were looking down, because that happens to the best of us.
Love, love, love your horse! He’s gorgeous.
He is so beautiful. Please tell me that you bought this photo so our judges can judge it.
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