I finally figured out what i've been doing wrong. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 12-12-2010, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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I finally figured out what i've been doing wrong.

I brought my horse back into work about a year ago, during that time i've been focussed on him and how he's progressing, so focussed in fact that i forgot about one of the important parts of riding, the rider!

Recently i took video of me riding in the hopes that i could see where i was going wrong and if i could fix it, i posted still from the video on the forum and got some really great advice.

Yesterday i rode for the first time in about 2 weeks (bad weather stopped me riding as our outdoor was really slippery) and decided to focus completely on me and my position for the entire ride. I pulled my leg back, had a good contact with his mouth with my arms in the correct position, tried to use my core muscles more and actually looked where i was going. It was like riding a completely different horse, Phoenix came off his forehand, lowered his head and actually listened to me. He was a little fast because he's been a pasture potato for two weeks but i think that helped, because he was going and actually forward for a change he was giving more from behind and was going on the bit for the first time since i brought him back into work.

I was so pleased. Something so simple i wish i'd videoed myself a year ago.
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-12-2010, 09:01 PM
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It's amazing what putting your own head in the right spot will do! Once I started looking in ´ncrements around my turns, rather than cranking my head, our whole package became much more balanced.

Glad you figured it out now, even if it seems late to you.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-12-2010, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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It's so logical it's almost too hard to figure out! i don't have an instructor to constantly remind me about my position so it just went out of the window and i never dreamed that my laziness would be having such a huge effect on my poor horse.
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