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post #11 of 12 Old 06-07-2011, 02:03 AM
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Originally Posted by NoHorse View Post
Thank you, corporate!
Thinking of it as 'light seat' really helps.

I think the horse was just having a bad day... The first lesson I had (the one I was referring to before was only the second), he was very responsive and even jumped into the canter a few times when I asked him to trot. His canter- when he feels like doing it- is a dream. This second lesson, the weather was kinda gloomy and I had to convince him to wake up and get up when I got him from his stall. So, I don't know what he'll be like in the third lesson... I'll schedule it for a day with nice weather. :)
I feel funny asking for spurs or a whip, though. I've used whips and crops before, but never spurs, and I don't want to seem like I'm saying 'This isn't working so it's obviously the horse's fault'.
If the horse was having an off day don't worry too much. he might have been full of food and couldn't be bothered. it's hard when they have one of those days they just can't be bothered.

good luck hppefully it was an off day and it doesn't happen too often. when my horse is having an off day i got do something different. like i would go jump because barney loves jumping and then i take him out around the fire breaks in 2 point :) wakes him up!

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post #12 of 12 Old 06-11-2011, 05:00 PM
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[QUOTE=corporate pride;1055976]
if your unbalanced it won't work, i suggest spurs. also every time the horse loses that tiny bit of forward movement in the canter, give it a kick and do it all the time. i think it's just laziness and riders letting it happen. my ex eventer was soooo lazy, i rode him in spurs, i would ask for canter, if he didn't listen to the squeeze then it was followed by a kick then a spur. he moves off tghe kick LOL but i have to keep asking him to maintain it. you get very strong legs!!! i bought another horse and i didn't realise it but i would ask him to canter like my other horse and he took off!! LOL
it's the art of finding what works. if the horse is that lazy then spurs or swhip or both. sometimea just having it there is enough for the horse to listen. some horses are too smart for their own good LOL[QUOTE]

I don't agree. First of all, spurs are NOT meant to kick with, you tap with them, then you kick if the horse is misbehaving badly. If you don't have the balance, and are unable to maintain a good seat (whether it be half-seat, 2 point, or dressage seat) spurs are definetly not a good idea anyway. You need to be able to keep your heels down, and your toes pointed in, and not grip with your legs. Some horses respond oddly with spurs too, and they just aren't an option. A crop would be okay, but make sure you are asking with your legs first. Please, before using crops/whips or spurs, make sure whatever is going on isn't from rider error. 95-99% of the time, anything that is going wrong is rider error, and spurring/whipping the horse will only make the horse more confused, and cause him to gain a bad temper or cause something to go wrong.

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