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post #11 of 19 Old 09-09-2013, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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I can't even do it with stirrups...
believe me, its easier without stirrups..
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Practice, practice don't brace your legs when using your stirrups. Use them as a shock absorber more than a stiff pole, if that makes any sense. Lol You also need to strengthen your core. Keep your tummy muscles tight, a nice straight back, and shouldrrs back. This will help you find your balance.

As for counter bending. It helps with suppleness and learning to move a horse's body independently. You have to use your leg and hands and seat to maintain the bend. Its a great exercise.
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Counterbending helps to prepare the horse to bend towards the inside of a turn or circle by pointing the inside hoof in the correct direction. It helps to teach the horse to be supple and obedient to the rider's cues and to practice willingness to bend away from the direction he is moving.
I have seen this used to teach a horse to pick up the correct lead, but it is also useful as in the previous paragraph. I am wondering the purpose of your instructor to teach you this right now?
Happy that trotting without stirrups is getting easier. NOTHING, IMHO teaches you a deep seat like this does. =D

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Counterbending helps to prepare the horse to bend towards the inside of a turn or circle by pointing the inside hoof in the correct direction. It helps to teach the horse to be supple and obedient to the rider's cues and to practice willingness to bend away from the direction he is moving.
I have seen this used to teach a horse to pick up the correct lead, but it is also useful as in the previous paragraph. I am wondering the purpose of your instructor to teach you this right now?
Happy that trotting without stirrups is getting easier. NOTHING, IMHO teaches you a deep seat like this does. =D

This is a horse that I will be leasing and she is a bit unbalance and has trouble getting on the correct lead tracking left. Yes left!!
I wonder if that's why I was doing that exercise? But I did like a lot of them, on both direction, whole arena and also circles.
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Why should that surprise you? Horses are naturally L-handed or R-handed, like we are. I wonder why you want to lease this horse if she is unbalanced. Has a Vet checked this? Usually lesson horses that lack balanced have a physical problem as the cause--navicular, perhaps, or arthritis, which can happen even in a young horse.

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I also find the sitting trot way easier than without stirrups - when I put the stirrups back on they feel way too short. So far my instructor allowed me to lenghten them by one notch but she said I'm not ready to lenghten them by another notch but that will come in the future :)
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frlsgirl, this is bc you are in the correct process of creating a deep seat. At some point, if you keep practicing, you will weight your heels and they will flex and take your relaxed weight at the same time that the horse's pair of legs hits the ground. It's a riding the bike experience that you learn and don't forget. GOOD WORK!!
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Why should that surprise you? Horses are naturally L-handed or R-handed, like we are. I wonder why you want to lease this horse if she is unbalanced. Has a Vet checked this? Usually lesson horses that lack balanced have a physical problem as the cause--navicular, perhaps, or arthritis, which can happen even in a young horse.
My trainer told me this is a good horse for me to learn from. I take lessons off of this horse and other than her left canter a tad difficult to initiate, she has been excellent and wonderful for me. That means if my cues are not secure and direct enough in the corner, I should just wait till the next corner, instead of chasing her, which I tend to do when I get frustrated.

This is a lesson horse I'm leasing from the barn. It's easier for me to deal with at this point than dealing with private leases.
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I find sitting trots without stirrups much easier, i'm not bouncing and it's alot tidier. Can someone tell me in this case, does that mean my legs are still garbage?
I think everyone goes through this ... It is easier to sit without stirrup. It doesn't mean that your legs are "garbage" but yeh as long as you're not as confortable with than without stirrup it means that you didn't find the right balance for the trot.


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What is counter bend use for?
2 things:

- bend the horse will give him more flexibility: it's a stretching exercice
the horse needs to bend so then he can walk straight

- it's easier for the rider to ask the horse to bend in the "good side" because you're just following the track then it's a good exercice for the rider to learn how to control every part of the horse
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