Originally Posted by MaggiStar
So yesterday was my first day actually riding and her walk is AWFUL. She is long and very unresponsive off my outside leg, she falls in on corners. Basically she just can't walk.
I was wondering what kind of exercises would you guys do to improve her walk but also to actually make her work?
Shoulder fore then shoulder in (at walk) then haunches in/out, turn on forehand, turn on haunches...
Key to responsiveness if ask nicely ONE time if she ignores you pop her with whip. Once you use whip if she jumps forward into tro/canter/gallop do NOT pull her back, prse her for listening to whip then slowly bring her back to walk. Then repeat.
If you use this technique horses soon learn they get asked nicely once and if they ignore they get the whip applied. Most prefer not to be whipped so they learn to react to the "nice" asking.
If on the lunge she was leaning on the side reins ALL the time then she needed more FORWARD - stepping underneath herself. If she only leaned sometimes it may have been that she didn't have enough muscle to "hold" the round position.