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        05-31-2012, 03:12 AM
      #21
    Trained
    Yep, directed at you. Just the training in general - if you have taught yourself, do you film your riding so you can go back and critique yourself and make sure that the horse is on the right track, or do you go soley by feel? Going by feel is great, but I wonder if you haven't ridden a more experienced horse before or have someone there to tell you when it's correct - how do you KNOW that what you are doing, is on the right track?

    Just going off my own experience, I know that having regular lessons for myself keeps me in the right direction. I don't think that I am anywhere near experienced enough to assume that my work is 100% correct at all times without some guidance. In fact, there are not many around the world who could claim that, if any. I've ridden a lot of horses, a lot of schoolmasters etc. and I do think that I have a good feel on a horse. But I'm still not confident that I can train a horse entirely on my own, as a competition prospect, with no coaching guidance.
         
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        05-31-2012, 03:26 AM
      #22
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    Yep, directed at you. Just the training in general - if you have taught yourself, do you film your riding so you can go back and critique yourself and make sure that the horse is on the right track, or do you go soley by feel? Going by feel is great, but I wonder if you haven't ridden a more experienced horse before or have someone there to tell you when it's correct - how do you KNOW that what you are doing, is on the right track?

    Just going off my own experience, I know that having regular lessons for myself keeps me in the right direction. I don't think that I am anywhere near experienced enough to assume that my work is 100% correct at all times without some guidance. In fact, there are not many around the world who could claim that, if any. I've ridden a lot of horses, a lot of schoolmasters etc. and I do think that I have a good feel on a horse. But I'm still not confident that I can train a horse entirely on my own, as a competition prospect, with no coaching guidance.
    I did not, solely, teach my horse or myself these things.... it was all done with assistance from my trainer. I own my horse, but at the time lessons were frequent (usually multiple times a week). I did ride without the presence of the trainer, and on those days practiced what we were working on. In addition to that, yes, I also had videos taken so I could see the progress, etc. I also go by feel. I have videos from prior to training and following.

    I would not advise to anyone to attempt to train a horse these things solely on their own, by reading a book or something they have read on the internet, etc. You NEED a trainer there to teach you HOW to do it and to tell you the moments WHEN you get it throughout various times during that particular ride.
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        05-31-2012, 03:46 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    In regards to the original poster though, I could see where it could become a little frusterating by taking weekly lessons on a horse that needs to be taught something like this. I was able to do it with my horse (and it's still not perfect) and I have access to him 24/7. It does take time and some horses learn faster than others.

    Good luck on whatever you choose to do!
         
        05-31-2012, 12:22 PM
      #24
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I had a lesson last week and I got Zulu on the bit and the miracle was that not only did he come to the bit, soft to the inside, but he held himslef in self carriage, just floating along around a perfect circle , for about three rotations. I was smiling from ear to ear.
    I realized that I had been trying to hard to force and keep him there, but when I lowered my inside hind the second he softened, Zulu gave back to me this wonderful full minute long of trotting in self carriage!
    I can "put' him on the bit, but having him willing to stay there, now that was an awesome feeling, and made me realize I have a lot to learn.
    What a great post! That was a question I had in the back of my mind, and I asked my instructor, do all horses fight the bit constantly? Like, it didn't make sense to me that even the very best riders have to constantly resist their mounts...Your little story answers my question. That must be such an amazing feeling. It helped me understand more the concept of lightness.

    For DragonWings, it's the end of my lease with the horse I was practicing on. I am going to look for a more trained horse now. I overheard an instructor say that the horse I was leasing was "completely untrained". The instructor brought a horse for me to look at for a lease. It was an Arabian gelding who was sky high jittery. I refused to get on him, since he hasn't been ridden in years.
    I hope I find a horse that can teach me instead of me teaching it!
         
        05-31-2012, 05:22 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    Quote: I hope I find a horse that can teach me instead of me teaching it


    I think that the best learning comes when you are teaching.
    You can't be afraid of making mistakes. An instructor will keep you from going too far astray.
         

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