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        11-14-2009, 02:47 PM
    Question Swerving...


    When I am on this school horse, (his name's Chilli) when we canter around to the back of the group, (we ride in a circle) he'll go realllllyy fast and swerve in towards the circle a-bit.

    It really scares me, but I want to be able to canter on Chilli. I also fell off once when he did a really big swerve.

    My arms aren't that muscular so... well any exercises to get more muscle? Lol...

    I know I need to sit back more as well. I totally fail at that!


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        11-14-2009, 03:24 PM
    Green Broke
    Leg leg LEG! You push with your inside leg to get him on the circle then you keep him in check with your outside rein
        11-14-2009, 03:34 PM
    Kay, thanks! Anyone else please?
        11-14-2009, 06:38 PM
    I agree, a lot of LEG!
    My horse likes to lean a bit when we are in the arena with groups. She hates ground work and would much rather jump anyway. So, I always use a lot of inside leg to push her off.
        11-14-2009, 07:06 PM
    O.Kay! Lol, anyone else?
        11-14-2009, 07:44 PM
    It seems like you are looking for a more complicated answer...I think just a lot of leg is the best answer you can get right now. Also, why do you think you need a lot more muscle in your arms? If it's to help you stay on when he swerves, then that's a big no no, don't use the reins as a way to anchor you to the horse. If it's to be able to redirect your horse back to the outside with the reins, you shouldn't need much strength for that because the horse should respond to very light pressure. I think you need a decent amount of strength to keep rein contact, but other than that I'm not sure.
        11-14-2009, 09:45 PM
    Green Broke
    ^agreed. I kinda missed that. Always use your seat and legs to anchor yourself, not your hands
        11-15-2009, 03:16 AM
    Oh yes, I missed that, I'm not yanking on the reins or anything, but my instructor thinks I need more muscle and yada yada. I'm against it to. :/ What should I do about my instructor, lol?
        11-15-2009, 02:22 PM
    Green Broke
    What are you training in? Is she certified or qualified?
        11-15-2009, 03:05 PM
    We are just doing ordinary English lessons... She is a certified teacher though. She says I have to be like more bossy and mean to my horse. Like yelling to the horse to literally to a faster walk, even though we are going pretty fast in the first place!

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