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    10-30-2009, 02:22 PM
Big Strides Bumpy Rides!

Hello Everyone!

I am a newbie here!!! I joined because I just started riding again after taking a break for several years. I ride 6 days a week and take lessons twice a week with an instructor. Currently, I ride two different horses. One is a black throughbred mare that is 22 years old and 15.3 hh, named Ebony. The second horse is a lively 18 year old gelding, also a thoroughbred that is 16.3 hh, named Lenny.

When I ride Ebony, I have good balance and feel comfortable walking, posting and cantering. My goals are to jump and do dressage. However, when I ride Lenny, I lose balance and pull on his mouth or pitch forward. I try to rise in time to Lenny's gait, but I end up losing rythum and just bounce around in the saddle.

Lenny also trots very fast when I don't have enough contact or slows way down when I post. He is very light in the mouth and does not require much in the way of leg cues to move him forward.

Does anyone have any advice/visuals/tips that will help me keep my shoulders back, my hands quieter and my post in time with BIG Lenny??


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    10-30-2009, 05:38 PM
Welcome. I'm glad we have another member of the community. = )

I can tell you for your hands you can get a neck strap to hold onto for now, just to get the feel of still hands. It helps abit, trust me.

With the posting, what I do is I don't force myself into the post. I get the feel of the horse's strides then you will find that if you just relax and go along with the horse's stride, it will work much better and you will be on time.

I can't think of any tips for your shoulders, but what I have been taught is that you must "show off those boobs". LOL, it's silly, but it helps for you to open your shoulders. If your shouders are open, your chest will naturally be pushed out as well, hence the showing off your boobs.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes. = )
    10-30-2009, 08:49 PM
Bouncy But Better!


Rode Lenny tonight! Just got back a little while ago. I made progress! I didn't bounce as much!

I was focused on three things: Shoulders, hands and heels.

I kept reminding myself, as you said, "show off the boobs"! Lol and pretended my elbows were "velcroed" to my sides and finally concentrated on letting my weight sink into my heels (to grip with my calves and not pinch with my knee).

I definitely want to try the neck strap. I will see if Country Max sells them or I will just tie a rope or something...Does it just loop around at the withers and you hold that and the reins?

I was much more relaxed today while Lenny trotted. I did try to think about what his legs were doing and how that influenced his back and when I should rise up in the saddle. My posting wasn't perfect, but improved. I felt I had more control.

It did still seem as though he was speeding up and slowing down. Is this normal for many school horses when the rider is "green"? Lol Will the consistency of speed be controlled when I become more balanced? Or is it due to a variation in leg pressure?

Also, he lowered his head while he trotted. Normally, he has high head carriage. Does this mean that I am pulling on the bit too much? His nose was down and not up or pushed out. Or is he happy and working?

Thanks for the ideas! I will take your advice and let you know how it works!

    10-30-2009, 09:59 PM
I find that sitting trot on a bumpy horse really helps get in balance with them and teaches you more about their gait, it helped me on a school horse once when the bounce was so bad I bruised my behind.

I remember my teacher telling me boobs out and everytime I slumped it was "boobs out" shouted across the arena. Haha, funn times
    10-31-2009, 04:33 PM
I'm glad you are making progress. All it takes is time and LOTS of practice. ; )

A neckstrap you have around the horse's neck just in front of the withers. You hold it with your reins.

I'm not sure what you mean about your horse's head. Did it look something like this?
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    10-31-2009, 05:22 PM
For a neck strap you can just use a stirrup leather or a belt & fasten if around their neck in front of the shoulder
    10-31-2009, 06:21 PM

Phew! Back from four hours of cleaning stalls and an hour of riding Ebony! It is amazing what confidence will do for your riding. I really trust her and know how she responds to things so, I am relaxed. Plus, she is only 15.3 hh. It was nice to have a solid post. The only problem was, she was dog tired today. The riding stable where I lease her also uses Ebony for lessons. So, Ebony was exhausted today. :( Poor old girl! Or maybe, it was just me that was exhausted...!!! Lol

Wow, is that a Strawberry roan? What a gorgeous horse! :) Yes, Lenny's head was low like that, but seemingly lower. I will see if I can get my friend to photograph it.

I will try using a stirrup leather as a neck strap...I have a few around! Thanks, gypsygirl!

Oh! I bought a Wintech saddle today! It is pretty snazzy! ;) I can't wait to try it out tomorrow. This particular model is an all purpose. I love how it is adjustable and has velcro knee roll blocks-so I can convert it into a close contact saddle. :)

Ok, time to hit the shower!

Take care and thanks for the advice!
    11-01-2009, 09:36 AM
That's good that you trust your horse. That is the ingredient for successful riding.

Yes, that is a strawberry roan. I actually got the picture from this forum. LOL. Anyway, that horse in the picture in working in a long and low frame, which is very good. It works the muscles nicely, and stretches the back muscles which will strengthen them.

Your horse may be doing that, or she could be trying to stretch her back because it is sore. Maybe you should just have her back checked just in case she is sore.

That saddle sounds good. It's nice to get a new saddle. Just make sure it fits her well. ; )
    11-03-2009, 10:56 PM
Horse Prospect?


I went to ride a horse that the stable manager thought I should buy because she is quiet, sound, and sweet. I am a green rider that stands about 5'7 and weigh 123lbs.

This mare, that I rode, is an 11 year old, 15.2 hh paint with a willing disposition. The owners met us and watched while I rode the horse with my English saddle and bridle.

I was able to get her to walk and trot, but not canter. The owner kept telling me that I needed to belt her good, with both legs to get her into a canter. The manager didn't want to push her because this horse hadn't been ridden in so long and she was very overweight.

The owner admitted that she never rides the horse, that she sometimes bucks when she is on the trail and is not trained to jump.

My question is, if you were starting out and would like to learn jumping and dressage would an 11 year old paint be a good choice?

How much training is requiired?

I need to know, is this the horse for me? Is this horse worth $900.00?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
    11-04-2009, 02:46 AM
If you say the horse hasn't jumped yet and you are also just learning to jump, that wouldn't be a great idea. Rather get a horse that has learnt to jump and do basic dressage. You can't learn to jump AND teach a horse to jump at the same time.

The fact that she is overweight is also not a very good sign, or her bucking.

Have a look around at other horses, and aim for those that are trained. It's the best I can suggest.

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