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    01-27-2014, 05:30 PM
Originally Posted by QHDragon    
I have also been working really hard on getting her to move forward. She has a rather amazing trot, but her walk is typical pokey stock horse walk. She hasn't had a ton of canter work, so I think that is going to be our next hurtle. The few times I have tried to get her to canter she just gets faster and faster and faster at the trot without actually going into the canter. Anybody have any suggestions in how to teach a baby green horse to canter under saddle? She is the greenest horse I have ever ridden.
Does she canter while lunging?
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    01-27-2014, 05:32 PM
Cantering.. we are working on cantering. With that, we've been getting him moving nicely off of my leg and working on becoming more straight and activating those hind legs by doing shoulder in during walk and trot as well as leg yielding out of circles or going to quarterline and leg yielding back to the rail once in awhile.

He has issues picking up right lead, and slow-mo bolting on the left lead. It's a work in progress though!

We've been trotting over some trot poles (3) but my instructor thinks we should work with at least 4, and up to 6.
    01-27-2014, 09:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
Does she canter while lunging?
She canters while free lunging, though she does typically prefer to trot.
    01-27-2014, 09:46 PM
Originally Posted by QHDragon    
She canters while free lunging, though she does typically prefer to trot.
What about on a lungeline?
    01-27-2014, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
What about on a lungeline?
I have never put her on an actual lunge line, though I could try it. I don't think she has ever been lunged on an actual lunge line.
    01-27-2014, 10:25 PM
Originally Posted by QHDragon    
I have never put her on an actual lunge line, though I could try it. I don't think she has ever been lunged on an actual lunge line.
Once she can canter on a lungeline, then she'll have more success cantering under saddle....especially when she responds to vocal cues
    02-02-2014, 03:47 PM
I'm so excited about how things are going with my big guy that I have to share again! We've started touching on pirouettes in lessons and are working on getting his tempi changes more solid. He gets very excited over them, so I'm working on having him wait and listen better. He has a tendency to take over and then ends up throwing 1's and 2's into my line of 3's or 4's haha. Last week we got the most incredible trot half pass, now I'm working on getting it bigger with more suspension. It's so correct right now, so I'm wanting to work some 'flashy' into it . Half-step work has been incredible as well, he makes it so easy for me. I'm living the dream with this horse
His tummy and hooves have been holding up well. So if this all keeps up we're aiming for 4th level in May of this year and, depending on how the season progresses, I'm hopeful that we can do a PSG test or two by the end of the season to get a feel for it. Long-ish term goal is to have him doing PSG and I1 over the winter and then hit up some CDI's next year!!
    02-02-2014, 04:16 PM
Last lesson was about me sitting back and even leaning all the way back as far as I can go.

I'm working on still hands, leg down and back, opening up so to speak.

I'm not into the equitation rod up the butt competition type riding but that's what I'm learning because it improves my overall seat and stillness of approach - I like to move with my horse so it's a juggle...proper seat vs not becoming rigid. I always feel as if my horse and I are partners - so we each have to give for the other. In my mind it's not just about a horse "giving". It's about me giving him what he needs to give me.

I'd like to start loosening reins with him, raising my hand, etc and learn proper reining which is totally different from equitation. We'll figure it out.

Also we're working on slowing him down using circles and it's helped immensely. It's even helped with a wonky left lead and I find on the straightaway I need to use that outside rein and leg him hard to remind him to stay straight and not get all pretzely.

He has a forward momentum, but he's balanced and I love that he learns from his mistakes. I try to learn from my mistakes too. I'm grateful because I get to ride the same horse - he has issues, I have issues and between the two of us, we're getting better.
    02-02-2014, 04:31 PM
Oh PS...I did a search for western equitation and ended up in a dressage thread. I ride western and I hope I haven't offended anyone with the rod up the butt analogy. To be honest, I think dressage is beautiful, I love watching it and I've taken a few dressage lessons but being a western rider, I don't see the dressage look as how I "see" western riding - for me, anyway. So I thought I'd better clarify that.
    02-02-2014, 04:37 PM
I am still working on getting softness and roundness through the back and ribs, as well as leg yields. Koolio usually braces for about 10-15 minutes and hollows his back and neck before he gives nicely. The last few rides, he softened in about 30 seconds. When he's soft, his stride lengthens by about 8-10". Part of it is that he is learning it feels better to work in a softer frame, and I am riding better. I am focussing on using more seat, legs and core and much less rein. He's has always leaned one the bit instead of carrying himself. Now he is learning to carry himself better in a much more relaxed and rhythmic way. Next, we will work on taking a little more contacting pushing even more forward. Slowly but surely...

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