Yes, he's a Morgan. Thank you. He did a lovely leg yield from the quarter line to the rail today. Tomorrow, I'm going to begin adding in the lope from that. See if I can get my seat to relax with that too. I'm his biggest problem.
Well isn't that the case for all of us? :-) He's lovely. I have a big ol' soft spot in my heart for Morgans. Wicked smart, they are. I found lateral work to be no problem for mine, but straightness was challenging. As well as listening skills when he felt that I "wasn't the boss of him".
Here's a longer video from later in that session. He was warmed up and flexing much better for me. I had a video taken about 10 days ago and was appalled at how many transitions I was doing...basically, making him nuts. Our concentration now is to get into a gait, develop it, hold it and work on suppling and relaxation. He very much approves of my new plan. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater
Oh yeah, watch the QHs sometime. They barely move. My Morgan can do an ultra slow jog naturally. Probably half that speed. Handy for pattern classes, not so much for rail work. Generally I have to pick him up and push him forward to get a nice jog like what Ezduzit has there.
In the Morgan ring, knee action is EVERYTHING...even in western. Not very useful on the ranch, however. This 'working' jog is being judged more favorably now than it used to be.
Western used to be the bottom of the barrel, show wise and prestige wise. Park was everyone's goal, followed by English Pleasure. We rarely see Park horses anymore, English Pleasure is now what Park used to be. Hunters are what Eng Pleasure used to be and Western is what hunt was. Except that as more of the baby boomers age and more money is thrown into that division, the quality of the horses and the variety from which to choose and reward is quite large. Everything from break even parade types to dowdy, mincey movers. The horse that can look the part, cover ground and still have 'presence' is being chosen for the winner's circle more and more.
My QH does his ultra slow jog and ultra slow canter naturally. It's nothing I trained into him. Put him on the longe line and unless he's got a few bucks in there (in which case he may canter at a "normal" speed for about 2 minutes) he will go back to this super pokey gait. Horses that have slow jogs naturally exist (and being from the hunter world, I didn't understand it either, until I bought one).
Why do you think Park is going away in the Morgans, ez?
It's a really expensive division. 6 figure horses. Too rich for the Midwest. It's THE THING on the east coast tho. Where western isn't as big.
A young teen I know spent over $100k for a park horse to show in English Pleasure and saddleseat equitation. Not my idea of fun but I'm old.
I like to pick out my own horse, traveled 12 hours to look at it and bought it. All my friends with trainers were simply aghast that anyone would do that. I'm independent and will buy what's right for ME, not what a trainer..or anybody else for that matter...says I should buy.
So here in the Midwest, western and hunter have huge classes. Park generally has none and very sparse in the English pleasure. When I was carriage driving, it wasn't unusual to have 12 or 14 of us in the ring. Now there's 2 or 3. The regional championship shows get more entries but it's proportionate...western and hunt are huger still.