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        09-13-2013, 10:38 AM
    Originally Posted by AQHSam    
    ...He was very soft on a curb bit with shank. He hates the snaffle and I can tell that he is tuning me out and messing with trying to expel the bit...
    You might try riding English with a curb, and western with a snaffle. There is no requirement to ride English with the horse 'on the bit'.

    When I swap out my Australian saddle for my English one, Mia looks like this:

    I've spent the last few rides trying to get her used to a new bit. In theory, it should be gentler, with more even pressure on the tongue and less likely to 'bite' on the bars...but I'm not sure she is convinced. I raised it up a hole yesterday while loosening the curb strap a hole, and she seemed content the rest of the ride - although a curb bit placed with a wrinkle in her mouth seems a bit odd to me.

    She learns new things best if I break everything down into the smallest steps I can. Even a simple bit swap can have her thinking and fussing for a few rides. Sam might find it easier to learn if he takes smaller steps.
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        09-13-2013, 11:05 AM
    [QUOTE=EponaLynn;3603809]That's pretty harsh and dangerously addictive for simply a sore body from posting, I'd save that one for getting run over, or crash landing on a 5' jump .[/tQUOTE]

    You must be younger......posting with an older body DOES feel like getting run over or a crash landing!!! At least it does on mine, LOL!
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        09-13-2013, 11:18 AM
    I felt the same way yesterday after my lesson. After practicing two-point and posting, I was so sore! My legs, my back, and even my upper body ached. I took an ibuprofen. I came home and decided I definitely understood why horseback riding is considered a sport -- it's hard work!
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        09-13-2013, 04:44 PM
    ^^ Don't you want to strangle someone when they say, "But the horse is doing all the work. You're just sitting there!" If a jury of my peers meant fellow-riders, I think I'd go free...
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        09-13-2013, 05:37 PM
    Don't be too hard on yourself: post one or two time then sit, then 3 -4 then sit, then ... if you get tired and sore I'm afraid it will be worse. And don't be shy, put your hand on your horse neck or hang the main to help or take a break.

    And when you are ready for more, try without the stirrups o:

    Good luck!
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        09-13-2013, 11:07 PM
    Originally Posted by malo    
    Don't be too hard on yourself: post one or two time then sit, then 3 -4 then sit, then ... if you get tired and sore I'm afraid it will be worse. And don't be shy, put your hand on your horse neck or hang the main to help or take a break.

    And when you are ready for more, try without the stirrups o:

    Good luck!
    Can I double like something?

    HAHAHAHAHA ARE YOu kIDDINg ME!!! Don't be shy?! As I am flailing about I am grabbing mane, neck, saddle, to keep from pitching over the horse's ears.

    Hahahaah - oh I have tears. I swear. I was in jumpers pose hanging on for a simple slow trot on a flat straight away.

    Hehahahaha. Nope. I'm not shy. Not at all.

    Thanks! That was dang funny.

    In seriousness though, I do think I should try without stirrups, since my legs are flopping so bad and slipping in the stirrups.

    I asked my instructor yesterday if it was possible I had stretched my new leathers already. She ignored me and told me to regroup. And TROT!

        09-13-2013, 11:26 PM
    Im going to say it a third time....get somebody to take your horse on the longe line so you can learn and get the feel for it without falling on his back, bumping him with your legs and be a general disturbance to him. Sounds mean? I know....
        09-14-2013, 11:01 AM
    Thank you for repeating yourself a third time. I can only do what my instructor is going to provide and work with what is available to me. I can stop taking lessons altogether, but finding another instructor is not an option.
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        09-14-2013, 11:19 AM
    Didn't mean to step on your toes, sorry AQHSam. But it really is the easiest way to get the hang of it. Can you ask your instructor if it could be done instead of a lesson? Im surprised he/she never mentioned it( maybe I'm too Old World, we did 5-10 longe lessons before being left "alone"). Or ask a friend to help out. 20-30 minutes is all you need, longer and you'd seriously consider Mr. Daniels again....
        09-14-2013, 04:37 PM
    No offense taken DesertHorseWoman. I know how frustrating it is to see the solution so obviously and provide advice through experience and have it ignored. Incidentally, I didn't ignore it, just didn't know how to execute it. I still don't but it can't hurt to ask. My next lesson is in a week.

    I don't know my instructor's take on lunge line training. Maybe she does it for younger kids. Personally, the thought of it makes me a little quesy. I don't really like trotting in circles for long periods of time. I never feel fully on balance.

    Our last barn was an indoor round pen and one thing my instructor mentioned is sam doesn't stand up into the corners and turns, which is one reason I lose balance and momentum on the turns. She has a full size indoor arena and outdoor dressage ring. We now have plenty of "straight" and less "turn."

    I don't even know how Sam will react to a lunge line and rider and from other forum postings, I don't believe he knows how to lunge. Mainly I just made him trot in a circle and halt on a lunge line. Not do any fancy things.

    One reason I think we are having issues is him and the single joint snaffle bit. He is not working at all like a broke horse. I bought a new bit this morning; I went with an eggbutt french link.

    If I can keep him from throwing hissy fits while he is working I am sure I can execute this. I pulled the single joint snaffle off his bridle this morning and it has teeth mark divots. Not just scrapes. Actually divots. He wore that bit 2 times.

    What a booger.

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