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post #1 of 4 Old 01-24-2013, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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Oh man.

I think my horse is the most awkward thing ever. -__-

Her walk, is pretty darn slow and lazy. It's SO hard to get her really moving out at the walk. I can nudge and squeeze, but I can't stop squeezing. It has to be constant. Even then, there's really no extension, just more speed.

At the trot, it's generally a decent speed. Head kind of low. Never high, but not straight from her back, just a little higher.
Her normal stride is huge. Long back, with awkward legs. Silly Standardbreds.

I can get her to get a little more speed at the trot, but never fully extend, and when we get the speed going, her head will come up, not a lot, but it goes up.

Which isn't what I want, I want her to raise her back and use her butt ):

We do lots of circles! and I'm generally keeping my weight more to the outside, so she doesn't drop her shoulder. Our circles are mainly done with leg, but a little rein to keep it a straight and strong circle, not an oval.

Yes, I ride with contact, not a lot, but my reins aren't loose.

At the canter, her strides are SO tiny. Given she was born gaited, I think she has some problems cantering, but I can't use that as my excuse.

I can't get her to extend her stride, without her just going faster.

What the heck am I doing wrong? Or not doing?!
I desperately need help, and this was all probably majorly confusing, but thank you for taking the time to read this!!

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post #2 of 4 Old 01-24-2013, 11:36 PM
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Two things come to mind. First make sure you are following her head properly with your hands. For a few rides, over exaggerate it and really put your hands forward with big elbow movements like you're trying to push the air forward with each step.

Step Two, carry a crop and use it. If she's got a big stride when you're not on her and walking like a turtle when you are, she's got you well trained. Ask her for a forward walk with a gentle squeeze. If she ignores you, ask louder with a small tap behind you leg. At first, even if she trots, reward her effort to go forward. Proceed to do nothing except follow with your hands and wait for her to come down to turtle pace. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Hope that helps.
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Thanks! I'll try that this weekend(:
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Oh, and she has a tiny stride whether I'm on her on not.
So, I tried what you said. And she would just keep trotting and trotting until I asked her to stop.

She started to lengthen her stride a bit and would walk, but only if I asked her to stay at a walk.

Another thing, at the walk and trot, she doesn't even move her head. It's so still.
There's a tiny bit of movement, but not much. At the canter I had no problem moving with her.

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