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post #11 of 18 Old 04-23-2012, 05:49 PM
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It scared the you know what out of me. I am more comfortable with her now thanks to my instructor, but we work a lot on our own and I want to train her the right way. I love my horse and want her to be happy with her job.
I have found that any good natured horse will back off from bad habits and let you lead, if you keep asking in the way that you and your trainer are doing.
I think if you do some searching here of the stories of crazy, uncontrollable and scary horses who have been turned around into babysitters.
I would expect more out of your horse than you do, IMHO. Meanwhile we'll all drool watching Anabel's horse. =b
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I half halt, push weight onto my toe, and squeeze with my seat muscles to stop moving with the flow of the trot. At the same time, I close my leg and lightly squeeze with the reins.
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I have found that any good natured horse will back off from bad habits and let you lead, if you keep asking in the way that you and your trainer are doing.
I think if you do some searching here of the stories of crazy, uncontrollable and scary horses who have been turned around into babysitters.
I would expect more out of your horse than you do, IMHO. Meanwhile we'll all drool watching Anabel's horse. =b
The bad experience happened with a different trainer I was working with. Once I switched to the one I have now, I no longer fear my horse and she listens. I left my horse with my new trainer to work with for 2 months so she received a decent foundation for us to work with. It is amazing the difference between trainers!!!!
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I can't emphasize enough the importance of the seat's role in asking for a down transition.
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post #15 of 18 Old 04-24-2012, 08:41 PM
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A few tricks after I had my lesson tonight. One thing my horse has a hard time with is the halt..he doesn't like to stop moving :) I can get him to nearly walk in place but asking him to actually stop moving is the same as asking him to jump the moon. My trainer/coach used this method and it helped though we are quite a way away from geting a nice halt where the horse isn/t bracing his neck.

Set the horse up three strides ahead of time by using the half halt...use the calf to apply leg pressure then squeeze with your hand, release, squeeze, release, squeeze and release. By the third squeeze/release sequence the horse should stop..if they don't, a much sharper pull to make them STOP, then immediately release. As for general position it remains ther same. Sit deep and stop following with the seat.

In my case the horse is being a nit...it isn't the he doesn't understand, he just has this constant go attitude which, as my trainer put it, means that occasionally I have to get mean about it and demand it rather than simply ask.
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[QUOTE=Valentina;1468209]Another concept I use with my youngsters (and green beans) is to exhale as I ask for the downward transition. It makes my body feel "heavier" to the horse and they soon pay attention to that exhale as a signal to slow/transition/stop.[QUOTE]

The exhale worked immediately from the trot to the walk. I was pleasantly surprised how quickly she responded. Thanks Valentina!
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My horse is a TB as well. I realized he needs a lot subtler aids than the warmbloods I had before and I actually count breathing into the aids as well now. About the voice: a bit of a humming to calm him down and help with a downward transition won't be heard by a judge.
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I would have never thought that exhaling would be so useful! It is still working every time to go from trot to walk :) I will try some humming at my lessons. She is calm at home but gets tense at my instructor's arena.
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