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  1. Downward Transitions

    Thanks everyone for the helpful information. I will try this the next time I ride.
  2. Downward Transitions

    I’m currently helping to train a free-lease horse for dressage. I went and rode him on Friday. He hasn’t been ridden much at all and has had little or no training under saddle, but he has a LOT of potential and he learns so quickly. Friday was actually the first time I actually rode to train. He is so forward and responds so well to my leg for such a green horse, but a problem I am finding is that his downward transitions are NOT very forward. The first time we went from a trot to a walk I actually lost my balance because he stopped so short. I decided to spend most of my time that session working on walk/trot downward transitions. We did serpentines and all kinds of patterns with downward transitions. He did improve by the end of the lesson, but he is still FAR from being forward with his transitions. My question is, how can I get these downward transitions more forward so he isn’t just going from a beautiful working trot to a dead walk. I was using a lot of leg and I would relax and say “walk” when I wanted the transition. I kept my leg on him the whole time to keep him moving forward while slowing down. Is there anything else I can be doing? I haven’t been working on any canter-trot transitions because I don’t want to move too fast with this guy. He is just so quick to respond that he forgets to keep moving out when I ask for the walk. Any comments/suggestions will be appreciated.
  3. spotted horse coats

    Hello: I would say it's nothing to worry about. My pure black Canadian X Standardbred has gotten dapples in the winter for the last 5 years or so. It only happens when he gets his winter coat and when he looses it in the spring, the dapples are gone. I think they're quite cute. I don't think you have anything to worry about!! Chelle Edited to add a picture. This was taken the same winter he first got his dapples. You can see them on (the black horse) his belly. [ 11-02-2005, 02:04 PM: Message edited by: live2rideEquus ]
  4. spotted horse coats

    Hello: I would say it's nothing to worry about. My pure black Canadian X Standardbred has gotten dapples in the winter for the last 5 years or so. It only happens when he gets his winter coat and when he looses it in the spring, the dapples are gone. I think they're quite cute. I don't think you have anything to worry about!! Chelle Edited to add a picture. This was taken the same winter he first got his dapples. You can see them on (the black horse) his belly. [ 11-02-2005, 02:04 PM: Message edited by: live2rideEquus ]
  5. Mini Harness & Cart

    quote: Originally posted by draftiemama: quote:Originally posted by Zakima: There is a goat cart & harness on e-bay right now. web page OMG, that is just the neatest pic., I'd love to try that, but i wonder how you steer a goat???? I don't see any reins and i never heard of a bit for a goat. How the heck do you steer them? Well, I was thinking a side pull would work. Zakima: Thanks for the link!!
  6. Pictures (critique/comments)

    Hi all: Thanks again for the replies. I appreciate feedback because I am far from a good rider and so many of you on here have such amazing talent that it is nice to have comments from you all. I promise, I'm not going to cut his forelock. I like it too much. keigermustang - Thanks for posting the pics. I don't know anything about a mustang's confirmation, so I am not going to comment. Looks like you have a ton of fun though! I LOVE your dog! I have friends with a malamute, but not that colour....gorgeous!! [ 10-25-2005, 04:31 PM: Message edited by: live2rideEquus ]
  7. Pictures (critique/comments)

    Hi all: Thanks again for the replies. I appreciate feedback because I am far from a good rider and so many of you on here have such amazing talent that it is nice to have comments from you all. I promise, I'm not going to cut his forelock. I like it too much. keigermustang - Thanks for posting the pics. I don't know anything about a mustang's confirmation, so I am not going to comment. Looks like you have a ton of fun though! I LOVE your dog! I have friends with a malamute, but not that colour....gorgeous!! [ 10-25-2005, 04:31 PM: Message edited by: live2rideEquus ]
  8. Mini Harness & Cart

    Hi: Bearcat: Thank you for the WONDERFUL websites.....they are very helpful. I will send those to him, but I am not sure if he has the rescources (or the time) to build a cart. I will be sure to pass those on though. Remmie: I would greatly appreciate it if you could look into that for me. If it's for goats that is awesome. If you could get their e-mail address and asking price I would appreciate it. You can PMme if you would like! Thanks everyone!
  9. Mini Harness & Cart

    Hello Everyone: I realize this isn't about "horses", but it is about driving, and I figured that this would be a great place to post this. I have a friend who has cashmere goats, and he would like to teach one of them to pull a little mini cart. I'm not sure if anyone has ever heard of doing this, but we figured we would give it a try and see how it goes. Does anyone know anything about mini carts and harness? We just drive the big Belgians, so I am not familiar with sizes and what not for minis. This goat is pretty small, so we were thinking that we might have to rig up his dog harness somehow for the cart. Any information you can offer on just how small the mini-carts come, and how small the harness comes would be appreciated. Also, as for a bit, I don't think they even make bits small enough for a goat, do they? I was thinking a side pull might work for him. Any other suggestions? Sorry for the story book. Any tips, hints, suggestions, etc that you have are appreciated. I am from Calgary, Alberta (Canada), so if anybody knows of a mini-cart for sale anywhere close to me, I would love to have the information on it! Thanks so much: Chelle
  10. Pictures (critique/comments)

    quote: Originally posted by QuarterHorseLover89: Hes very cute, but my opion is that you look alittle too far forward in your pictures...i ahvnt read what the other people have said but that is just my opion! lol yeah. I noticed that too. I look like i'm about ready to fall right over. I recently lengthened my stirrups for a longer ride, but I think I need to shorten them again so I get my leg into a proper position because it's waaaaaaay back there. I think that should correct the rest of the problem. My position in most of those pics is horrible. I am thinking it can be mainly attributed to the stirrups, because I usually don't look THAT terrible on the back of a horse. lol
  11. Pictures (critique/comments)

    quote: Originally posted by QuarterHorseLover89: Hes very cute, but my opion is that you look alittle too far forward in your pictures...i ahvnt read what the other people have said but that is just my opion! lol yeah. I noticed that too. I look like i'm about ready to fall right over. I recently lengthened my stirrups for a longer ride, but I think I need to shorten them again so I get my leg into a proper position because it's waaaaaaay back there. I think that should correct the rest of the problem. My position in most of those pics is horrible. I am thinking it can be mainly attributed to the stirrups, because I usually don't look THAT terrible on the back of a horse. lol
  12. Pictures (critique/comments)

    Thanks everyone! gilly_pooh: I wasn't overly fond of Molson when I first saw him,but he's grown on me. I think it's funny that his name's Molson. Kinda corny, but kinda cute. I like him a lot also. So you jumped? I was hoping to start on that in the future.
  13. Pictures (critique/comments)

    Thanks everyone! gilly_pooh: I wasn't overly fond of Molson when I first saw him,but he's grown on me. I think it's funny that his name's Molson. Kinda corny, but kinda cute. I like him a lot also. So you jumped? I was hoping to start on that in the future.
  14. Pictures (critique/comments)

    Jigsaw663 ? Thanks for the comments. I noticed my leg looks a little far back in a lot of the pictures. I usually struggle with keeping my lower leg in place. I don?t know why it seems to travel back for some reason. I guess I will have to pay more attention to that in the future. MissMyBud ? Thanks so much for the comments and critique. I really appreciate it. I appreciate the exercises and ideas. I will have to try those the next time I?m riding. I didn?t realize my shoulders seemed forward. I?ll pay more attention to that, as well as my lower leg and see how it goes. As for the last picture, I?m purposely leaning forward. We weren?t going anywhere?he was just standing and snorting at the boards. I was trying to see what exactly was down there that was so scary?but it was just the boards. Mist of Avalon ? Thanks for the comments. As for the forelock, I don?t really want to cut It off, but I have had many people tell me it looks untidy. I don?t think I will end up cutting it, because it gives him so much character! PaintedPerch ? His breed is Canadian. They don?t seem to be a very well known breed. I believe they were almost extinct, and even today there aren?t many purebreds running around. There is a book called ?Little Horse of Iron? written about them. Apparently they are tough little creatures used for heavy work way back when. They aren?t overly huge like the draft horses, but they can do just about the same work as the heavies. I?m not sure what exactly it is about his conformation I don?t like. His head isn?t the nicest. He has little teeny ears. We have several draft horses (BelgianXQH), so I don?t think it?s the ?draft-ish? look of him I don?t like. *shrugs* He is a pretty boy, just not an overly ?showy? horse. Thanks all, I appreciate the comments.
  15. Pictures (critique/comments)

    Jigsaw663 ? Thanks for the comments. I noticed my leg looks a little far back in a lot of the pictures. I usually struggle with keeping my lower leg in place. I don?t know why it seems to travel back for some reason. I guess I will have to pay more attention to that in the future. MissMyBud ? Thanks so much for the comments and critique. I really appreciate it. I appreciate the exercises and ideas. I will have to try those the next time I?m riding. I didn?t realize my shoulders seemed forward. I?ll pay more attention to that, as well as my lower leg and see how it goes. As for the last picture, I?m purposely leaning forward. We weren?t going anywhere?he was just standing and snorting at the boards. I was trying to see what exactly was down there that was so scary?but it was just the boards. Mist of Avalon ? Thanks for the comments. As for the forelock, I don?t really want to cut It off, but I have had many people tell me it looks untidy. I don?t think I will end up cutting it, because it gives him so much character! PaintedPerch ? His breed is Canadian. They don?t seem to be a very well known breed. I believe they were almost extinct, and even today there aren?t many purebreds running around. There is a book called ?Little Horse of Iron? written about them. Apparently they are tough little creatures used for heavy work way back when. They aren?t overly huge like the draft horses, but they can do just about the same work as the heavies. I?m not sure what exactly it is about his conformation I don?t like. His head isn?t the nicest. He has little teeny ears. We have several draft horses (BelgianXQH), so I don?t think it?s the ?draft-ish? look of him I don?t like. *shrugs* He is a pretty boy, just not an overly ?showy? horse. Thanks all, I appreciate the comments.