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post #1 of 2 Old 08-11-2013, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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More questions-from beginner re-rider stand point

I went to a third barn that I'm checking out, which is the original barn I took lessons from 13 years ago. I hesitate to go back because they had a whole troop of helpers that helps students tack up the horse so all you do is ride, and I don't like that. I talked to the trainer yesterday and she said as long as I am comfortable doing that, I'm welcome to come early and stay after to tack and untack.

I also took a group lesson instead of private and I enjoyed it a lot. I am not sure if they put me in a beginners group because after a walk, we trotted non stop 10-15 min, walk a little, change directions, and repeat, then cantering one at a time. I enjoyed this lesson much more because I felt like I'm riding again instead of just walk and trot in my private lessons. I don't get as much attention I do in private lessons, but I get to watch how others ride

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1. I am constantly posting on the wrong diagonal. Very embarrassing, I'm like the only one in the group that does that. I have a hard time watching the shoulders and obviously I can't really feel it yet, any other tips?

2. My sitting trot sucks so bad, i felt back for the horses back. I tried to relax and let my spine just roll with the horse but its like boink boink boink , very sloppy.

3. Horse- I also felt like that this barns horses are not as lazyl. The other barns horse really drove me nuts, I spent half my lesson kicking squeezing every single stride on the trot.
Maybe these are not quite completely beginners horses? I'm not sure, but it's very responsive to aids and trainer already said he's on the lazy side...
Is it because its in a group setting? And he sees others trot and canter and has tendency to follow along?

And brings on my other question
4. Said lesson horse can barely contain himself. He wants to go into canter when he hears the word canter from my trainer (we take turns, and it wasn't out turn ). I had to apply some rein pressure and try to post slower to stop him. Im usually in a posting trot and I can't really sit deep in the saddle to slow him. What should I do? After the canter, his trots are very very fast, it's embarrassing. What is a good way to ask for downward transition?

Thank you!!
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post #2 of 2 Old 08-11-2013, 07:15 PM
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1. You don't have to watch the shoulder constantly. It doesn't change. Check it once after you go into trot, correct if it's wrong and then just keep posting. You don't have to check it again unless you miss a stride or change something. Also, you can start trotting, do a few strides of sitting trot then look at the outside shoulder and rise immediately on the right diagonal.

2. Yeah... it can take a while to "get" sitting trot. What really helps is work without stirrups. I've had it explain to me many ways. Some say go with the horse, some say roll your pelvis backwards and forwards, some say side to side, you just have to practice and find what works for you.

3. Horses will follow other horses. To tell if they're obedient or not is how they respond to your commands. Responsive horses can be beginner horses as long as their responses to aids are appropriate.

4. Horses learn what they have to do. He knows the word. Half halt, slow your rising, sit if it gives you a stronger seat. As for running when you come back to the trot, rather common in many horses.

Lots of this stuff is just a matter of time and practice. The more you ride and work at it the easier it will become.
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