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    08-06-2012, 10:24 PM
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So basically I'm working on breaking my green horse. Okay, so she's not unbroken, but she's still very young and has a long way to go. She's learning how to be obedient, balanced, how to get on the bit, stay towards the rail.. we are really focusing right now on W-T, we have cantered but we aren't focusing on it at the moment.

Especially when I go through periods where I am doing independent training rather than having my trainer help me (I try to have lesson 1x/week, but sometimes it just doesn't work out), I seem to do the same thing. Some sitting trot, some posting trot, perhaps a couple circles, taking the diagonal across the ring, some work with a relaxed neck, some trying to teach her to really get on the bit... I always enjoy my ride, and my horse gets an outstanding workout, but the routine has become awfully familiar when I'm training by myself.

I'm not a super experienced rider. You could consider me a beginner since I'm still learning a lot and have a long way to go, but not a beginner in the sense that I'm learning how to ride from scratch. Hopefully you understand what I mean. The point of me saying this is so you realize that I don't know that much about riding to the point where I know a lot of different exercises and things to do. This is why I could use your help.

If you could explain to me maybe some exercises I could do in the ring specifically that would help us add something to our routine, that'd be outstanding. I would really like my girl and I to get into dressage, but we need to work on the basics before we get into anything specific.

Thanks so much for your advice.
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    08-06-2012, 10:25 PM
OH DEAR MY APOLOGIES. Move to english riding please?
    08-07-2012, 12:51 AM
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Myself I would make some obstacle courses. Mazes, boxes and work on quarter turning in the box. Work on leg leg leg, making your horse listen to leg and seat is so important. Trot poles and stretching are good as well.
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    08-07-2012, 08:37 AM
Originally Posted by englishaqh    
Move to english riding please?
    08-07-2012, 08:39 AM
Englishaqh, I'd suggest to get a book "101 Dressage Exercises". It offers lots of different ones both - in saddle and ground (very basic ones). Obstacles would be a good thing to do as well for desensitizing.
    08-07-2012, 01:19 PM
Thanks for the advice. :)
    08-08-2012, 12:18 PM
Some oldies are:
  1. 20 meter circle working on horse bending around inside leg
  2. Same thing but spiral in to a 10 meter circle then spiral back out to 20 meters
  3. Leg yield trying to get and keep horse fairly straight
  4. Teaching horse to halt from walk/trot from seat (versus reins).
Maybe even cavaletti's low to the ground on a 20 meter circle and straight lines - to teach horse to learn where it is placing it's legs and eventually to lengthen it's strides.

A lot of this really depends on how far along the horse is in it's training. You want to start to teach horse to bend, respond to riders seat (push down on both stirrups for downward transitions/halts), reiders weight (if horse cuts in on a 20 meter circle step into outside stirrup as much as needed to round out the circle instead of using reins, etc.

I suggest you ask your trainer for "homework" (exercises) to improve the horse in-between lessons.
    08-08-2012, 01:13 PM
Thanks valentina!

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