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post #1 of 7 Old 04-10-2012, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Need Some Ideas on Retraining New Horse

Hey guys. So I recently bought a little QH paint, and the previous owner has only ridden him western, on trails, and always with draw reins. (shudder). I started riding him (no martingale, draw reins, etc) just a basic french link snaffle and english saddle, and surprisingly he doesn't duck behind contact, (I am riding on a very light rein) but he has no idea on where to place his body. Right now I am working on keeping him straight and getting him to bend (serpentines, circles in and out, transitions) and he is actually beginning to collect himself up and travel off the forehand. My question I guess is, how will I know when he is muscled up enough to continue training? I don't want to push him farther then he is ready, but my goal is to get him into good enough shape for jumping eventually. Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-11-2012, 10:24 PM
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Hey guys. So I recently bought a little QH paint, and the previous owner has only ridden him western, on trails, and always with draw reins. (shudder).
I would work on lunging him with sidereins so he gets used to more constant contact with the bit. Once he gets more stable under saddle you can try lunging him over poles and small cross rails to get him used to the idea of jumping. Don't know if this helps or not, I'm surprised the draw reins didnt really screw him up worse.
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Haha I know. I was really pleasantly surprised myself. And thanks for the input :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-12-2012, 01:23 AM
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Better not to go too fast. Work on the basics, walk with enough forward, circles, leg yields, any lateral movements (start on the ground then under saddle) move up to a trot and introduce poles slowly and then see how he does.

I'm sure you're on the right track already :)

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-12-2012, 01:36 AM
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Get the basics down perfectly, and make sure you both are comfortable and understand each other well. Sounds like u know how u are progressing together.
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-13-2012, 09:19 AM
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Adding leg yields will help build his butt muscles - spiral in and out on a 20 meter circle at W/T and Canter. When building up their (topline) muscles you do some work - like in a normal frame, interspersed with long and low (but they still have to carry themselves, not fall on their nose). The long & low helps stretch out their back - so after they've been doing 10 minutes of leg yield, spiraling in/out, etc. put in some L&L so help them stretch out their muscles then back to the muscle building exercises. Idea is work harder for short periods of time, then stretching, then back to harder work. Also one day you may do a bunch of trot, the next day more canter than trot - so horse is using different muscles (just like when you go to the gym - if your arm muscles are sore you just stretch them out and work harder that day on your leg muscles).

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-14-2012, 11:44 AM
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Id do some trot poles or caveleti, and do that until he is absolutelly comfortable with it, just take your time and make sure he stays happy =] sounds like he is doing great!
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