Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Don't be disheartened, Reeco has never had an issue with forwards (most of his issues have been of the stopping variety) and i've been riding for over 20 years at a reasonable level.
Get her going forwards, your leg actualy needs to mean something to her so rather than nag with your leg, if getting your leg on once doesnt work reiforce it with a smack from a stick.
once you have her forwards the next stage is getting that inside hind leg under her, normaly the best way is half halts, transitions and what i call semi transitions (there is probably a more technical or correct wording for them). Semi transitions are where for example if you are in walk you ride upwards into the halt and as soon as the horse takes that first upward stride into the transition you "change your mind" and ride them forwards into walk again. So it is somewhere between the half halt and the transition and are very very usefulin establishing the half halt.
This is however dependant on you understanding how to ride from your seat (not something I can teach on the internet unfortunatly) and the concept of riding upwards into the downwards transition (as counterintuative as it sounds).
i personaly would suggest you get a pure dressage instructor as a lot of this cannot be learnt over the internet.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT
Last edited by faye; 03-18-2012 at 07:25 PM.