Did the dental work prior to putting under saddle/April? Funny that you mention Sprenger french link - was just looking at those. Chronical of the Horse on the forums they are talking about liking the HS Dynamic RS. Since she's doing so well in general & staying sound, I think I might make the investment.trying the 16 mm loose ring. Any more thoughts?
So great to see photos of another Egyptian arab enjoying the hunter paces...the 5 year old SE gelding I sold to my trainer last winter attended the Ottawa Valley Hunt pace in early July and they had a blast! FEI young horse dressage classes one weekend and cross country the next...hoping to event him next summer as the farm of a former Canadian Olympic Three Day Event coach is just up the road. I do wish we would see more Egyptians in open competition.
Totally agree, go out & compete against horses, any horses. If you're so special, show it in open competition.
Have you tried a Sprenger French link snaffle? Sometimes horses like the Aurigan metal better than stainless...and some horses prefer the French link snaffle to a single jointed bit. Just depends on the horse's preference...but make sure you are keeping on top of the dentistry to ensure the horse's mouth is comfortable. Sharp points or hooks on the teeth can cause problems with any bit. Amazing what a difference regular professional floating can make...can testify to the difference...
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Friday, the 24th was Caryn's first time using the dynamic RS herm sprenger french link bit & she didn't get any softness with it & didn't think it was working for Hallie when she was riding her at the new farm, Stone Bridge in Natural Bridge, VA where the horse show was going to be the next day - much more horses & an indoor arena. What Caryn did on Friday was let her ride around in the arena totally on a loose rein & check the place out then she started asking for contact & worked her in all 3 gaits. I shot some video from my Iphone that I uploaded to Youtube & you can see why Caryn wasn't happy with the new bit for Hallie.
On Saturday, I missed her 2 classes - too much farm work to get done. Caryn reported that her mind was blown at the beginning of the first class, almost reared 2 times, was the hardest to handle of any time she's ever ridden her. She said that many of the horses in the class were running away with their riders and bucking (I think there were 7-9 riding pairs). So it must have been quite a scene in that relatively small indoor arena. By the second class she was listening and Caryn said she did the best under saddle work she's ever done, even at her farm and garnered a 3rd place out of 4 horses. So I was thrilled. She'll be going back to that farm & entering similar classes on Sept. 15. Understand these are hunter/jumper classes that are open, everything shows up.. They are sanctioned by the SWVAHJA but they are not class A. Caryn was amazed that she came from mind blown to the best under saddle work she's ever done in just 2 consecutive classes. If Caryn is impressed, that's good on Hallie's behalf, but much credit has to go to Caryn, too, I'm thinking.
Here are the YouTube links.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 12:01 PM
Just a side note, I've never had Bubba do better than on a Myler. Currently, he needs his teeth done so he's begun to chomp a bit and is dull on one side, but with good care (I'm late with it) he does very well. It's a great bit for Arabians, I think, and I know more than 1 person who has had success with them.
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:37 AM
Here's a still I took on Friday of Hallie & Caryn.
The only problem with the myler is the roller is illegal for recognized dressage show. That's why I'm going to try to work during my riding with the french link sprenger.
Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:37 PM
At the canter you look at the timing of the rear feet. They have to have distinctly different landing times and reach way under with the leading foot. Relaxation through the back and neck are also indicators that a good canter has been brought along properly.
Training and conditioning a canter that is not naturally good is very difficult to do. She's got it. My Thee Infidel son had an excellent canter as well - very similar to her in motion.
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Posted 14 September 2012 - 02:57 AM
Here are the youtube links
Caryn is taking her to the local open hunter show again this Saturday at Stone Bridge Farm http://www.stonebrid...ows_clinics.php
Hopefully I can get there in time to see her this time. Caryn & I both think she needs alot more hill work, walking & trotting because she's still tight across her loin/bracing, there's no swinging in the hips yet. I'm considering getting her worked on by my equine PT, see if she uncovers any tender spots.
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Here's everyone lining up for their awards & some other miscellaneous pictures.
The schooling hunter class had 4 riding pairs and the other 3 horses were very well schooled, so Hallie was appropriately an easy last place.
I'm happy to report that even at 61 I can still roll & tumble - I came back from this show early afternoon having started my day @ 6 am & having not enough to eat I take off riding Bowie with my client & Bowie got mad at me & bucked & bolted in the riding ring which I usually ride out, but my hungry tired self didn't pull it off yesterday so I went flying off at a gallop as he rounded the corner. Little sore on my right hip but doing quite well feeling like a missed a bullet & will not ride again hungry & tired, always got to be at the top of your game when you get on a horse.
Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:11 AM
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