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post #1 of 15 Old 11-21-2008, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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best method to help your horses balance?

So, it seems that the horse i lease, has a big issue of not being balanced. what is a good method to teach my horse good balance? Right now, i have been riding him in serpintines(oo, spelled wrong), and circles. We have also been doing cavaletti's to practice some jumping.

You can't compare jumping a horse to flying...because jumping is WAY more fun!
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-22-2008, 11:14 PM
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Trot poles, hill work, trail riding, counter bend to true bend on a BIG circle, etc. Always be sure to steady the horse, so he learns to use those muscles to balance himself. Lift up your inside (direct) rein, keep your outside (indirect) rein steady so his shoulder doesn't pop out, LOOK UP, keep your own seat balanced in the saddle, and use your leg to correct him when needed.

Lunging with side reins can also help. Have the inside side rein 1-2 holes (2-3") shorter than your outside side rein, so you get a nice bend around the circle. If you don't have side reins, grab a set of split reins and put scissor snaps on them. Tie those to the girth, right above the elbow.
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Aside from the side reins (I dont really like them) Luvs2Ride pretty much said everything I would say
I do some free lunging over trot pole and loping just to make sure they are balanced on their own, then lots of trotting, transitions, disengaging the hind quarters, trails (varying terrain) and hills, etc. And like she (?) said, make sure you are balanced in the saddle first. Have someone experienced watch you because I know there is sometimes when I feel like I may be balanced, but really im not.
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muscle tone, how long have you had him?

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um, about 3 months, and making substantial progress on the flat.
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post #6 of 15 Old 11-23-2008, 10:48 PM
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Riding in balance. If you're balanced your horse will be too.
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post #7 of 15 Old 11-24-2008, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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i think i am pretty balanced, i have been riding for 6 years and only fallen once, my trainer always puts me on her new horses to inspect them for movement. so i believe that this horse just has bad muscle tone. i mean look at his hind quarters,

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i think i am pretty balanced, i have been riding for 6 years and only fallen once, my trainer always puts me on her new horses to inspect them for movement. so i believe that this horse just has bad muscle tone. i mean look at his hind quarters,

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Falling off once doesn't mean you have good balance, it means you've been riding kind horses, :P.

Lunging him with side reins on a 20m++ circle is always good for building muscle tone.
I would also suggest for you to take some lunge lessons without reins or stirrups on a different horse with a trainer and learn to get your balance absolutely solid. It is hard to explain over the internet how to ride in balance :P
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post #9 of 15 Old 11-27-2008, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
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kay, thanks anabel, and no, i haven't been riding kind horses. i ride a lot of unrulely horses. like a bucky pony, a highstrung unpredictable arabian, and an incredibly large and mean thoroghbred. the reason for all this, i ride all my trainers new horses, because am one of her "senior" riders, not meaning in age, but in experience. so, you probably didn't mean too, but in a way, you insulted me...
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So, it seems that the horse i lease, has a big issue of not being balanced. what is a good method to teach my horse good balance? Right now, i have been riding him in serpintines(oo, spelled wrong), and circles. We have also been doing cavaletti's to practice some jumping.
Just exactly what is this horse doing that makes you think its balance is off?

For example is it leaning more one way than the other? Does it counterbend? Does it go too fast? And what discipline are we talking here?
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