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        08-08-2009, 11:44 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Riding help...

    I am currently feeling like Rocket deserves a much better rider than me. When I first got Rocket he was realitively supple (when not sticking his tongue over the bit) and would collect up into a nice frame easily as well as move out really well.
    Two months later and it feels like we have taken several steps back. He is very luggy on me, and always has his head above the bit or is trying to yank the reins out of my hands. He also doesn't move out as well as he use to. We are constantly in a tug of war when I am riding which I think is making the rest of me stiff which my trainer constantly yells at me about. When I try to relax to get him to relax and bring his head down he starts to speed up and I start to feel out of control, so I tighten up again so he goes back with his head sky high or lugging me on me again. When I ask him to stretch down he tries to grab the bit and yank the reins out of my hands. He also tries to do this dinky what I call his racehorse trot a lot more than he use to, I have to work really hard to get him to lengthen and with it usually comes a lot of speed.

    Anyway, any words of advice or encouragement would be great, don't really have any horsey friends to talk to about this.
         
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        08-09-2009, 12:59 AM
      #2
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by QHDragon    
    I am currently feeling like Rocket deserves a much better rider than me. When I first got Rocket he was realitively supple (when not sticking his tongue over the bit) and would collect up into a nice frame easily as well as move out really well.
    Two months later and it feels like we have taken several steps back. He is very luggy on me, and always has his head above the bit or is trying to yank the reins out of my hands. He also doesn't move out as well as he use to. We are constantly in a tug of war when I am riding which I think is making the rest of me stiff which my trainer constantly yells at me about. When I try to relax to get him to relax and bring his head down he starts to speed up and I start to feel out of control, so I tighten up again so he goes back with his head sky high or lugging me on me again. When I ask him to stretch down he tries to grab the bit and yank the reins out of my hands. He also tries to do this dinky what I call his racehorse trot a lot more than he use to, I have to work really hard to get him to lengthen and with it usually comes a lot of speed.

    Anyway, any words of advice or encouragement would be great, don't really have any horsey friends to talk to about this.
    Same thing happened to me when I got Carlos, I took a huge confidence dive, I actually sought professional help about it, once my brain and mindset was fixed, he followed through. You take 3 steps forward and two steps back, things like that happen and you just got to roll with the punches and not let it get you down (easier said then done).
         
        08-09-2009, 02:29 AM
      #3
    Banned
    The first thing that comes to my mind is to take lessons with a good trainer. It sounds like you're already doing that though.

    Even under instruction, it's easy to start going backwards with your horse's training, especially when you're not a super advanced rider (like me). The same thing started happening to me last month and thankfully I was able to get my trainer to do a couple training rides on my horse. Omg... what a difference those two days of training did! It was amazing. If you can find a good trainer, I highly suggest doing what I did. It's even more helpful when you watch the training sessions and are able to ask questions while the trainer tells you what exactly he/she is doing and feeling for.
         
        08-09-2009, 02:40 AM
      #4
    Weanling
    Maybe instead of taking a lesson you should ask your trainer to school or tune your horse for you. Sometimes they just need a refresher course to get you back on track.
         
        08-09-2009, 12:57 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    I have been meaning to ask my trainer to take a couple rides on him, the problem is that there are lesons before and after my time slot that involve beginner riders so she doesn't want to be riding when she needs to be keeping her attention on them, or she often will ride her dressage horse the same time I am. Hopefully I can figure something out with her, it's just very discouraging when I see my horse digressing instead of progresssing.
         

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