Yesterday's Lesson And some Questions - The Horse Forum
  • 1 Post By Jumpehunter
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 3 Old 09-15-2011, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Washington
Posts: 105
• Horses: 0
Yesterday's Lesson And some Questions

Okay so yesterday I had my 6th english lesson and it went pretty well. The horse I ride always wants to cut corners and leave the rail and we really improved on that this time. Also I was having some trouble at the canter the past few lessons, I would have trouble getting her to pick up the canter, and then when we would finally get it my stirrups would either slip back to my ankle bone or I would completely lose them. Cantering went a lot better this time though! I still had a little bit of trouble with my stirrups slipping back, but I had much more contol over her this time and we actually did circles and figure eights while cantering. The only thing that didn't go so well was trotting after we cantered. My lesson horse always gets really excitable after cantering and she just didn't want to quit! I tried to do a posting trot, and right when I would try to start to post she would start cantering again so that really fustrates me any suggestions on that? And also I am trying to fix my seat, I have a little bit of a chair seat- any tips for that?
Thanks guys!
Passion4Horses is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 3 Old 09-15-2011, 09:25 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Illinois
Posts: 133
• Horses: 1
Okay so problem #1: cutting corners
So what do you do to solve this? you already know the problem thats good.
Do you let her cut corners without trying to correct it? do you try and then give up. this system won't be pretty but the results will be. When a horse arches out from the corner it means there is a habit or a routine going on. Do you dismount a lot in the center. or do people ride a lot to the inside of the rail. or do you halt a lot in the middle. either of these she is doing what she is trained to do. so try getting off in different and completely random spots, if stopping to let somebody do a course exit the arena or wait in a corner that isn't being used. does she do this at all gaits or just certain ones? if its all gaits then start out a walk and build from there.

Make sure that you are asking her to get into that corner. my horse will do a perfect dressage corner if i ask him but if i don't and just ride then he will cut. they know its easier and closer to the center where most riders dismount

Walk into the corner use and over use that inside leg squeeze bump quick all the above, just get her in that corner if she arches away from it then turn her to the outside and circle around so that she is forced to go in that corner. when she does halt her and relax then pet her and tell her good girl. walk her out of it ON YOUR SIGNAL!!!! and walk one full time around and try again. then add corners go every other and and then 3 and so on. until she is solid at a walk then build to a trot.

Problem #2: Cantering

My system Ask, Tell, Demand. ask your horse quietly with a squeeze and a kiss or cluck
Tell: tell them with a bump with the lower leg. every other bump increase the pressure and directness of the bump each time
Demand: get a crop. thats all even carrying it will mostly turn the halo on without using it.
When you get her cantering every stride or every other stride give her a firm bump. You also say she gets to excited after cantering if you keep her on the bit and in control then you probably won't have this problem as much. my horse gets excited but all he does is prance and i much more leg responsive. which is what your horse probably does. practice keeping your leg off of her and using more of your seat. also practice using different leg pressure

Keep her slow while cantering but yes i also said give her firm bumps every now and then. I call this go with legs steady with hands. You tell the horse to go faster with the leg pressure but you bring the horses butt up under them and brings their head in if you let your hands loose a little and let them bump her nose with each stride. Also give and take or seesaw with your hands just massage her mouth with the bit. Also sit on your butt a little more and roll with you hips don't just sit ram rod straight and stiff. press those heels down and loosen your lower back kinda like you're dancing.

So yea if you want more advice i got lots more and i stopped because i realized this is really long. Haha ask anybody you can't get me to shut up especially with helping people's riding. but good luck with everything!!!
catsandhorses likes this.

Hardest Thing About Riding Is the Ground!
Jumpehunter is offline  
post #3 of 3 Old 09-18-2011, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Washington
Posts: 105
• Horses: 0
Posted via Mobile Device
Passion4Horses is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Third riding lesson..a few questions? wishingforahorse Horse Riding 11 04-29-2011 05:06 PM
A few blurry pictures from yesterday's ride... Gillian Horse Pictures 2 04-12-2010 11:00 PM
Critique From Yesterday's Lesson anrz Horse Riding Critique 18 12-25-2009 03:11 PM
Yesterday's Fun!! FoxRidgeRanch Horse Pictures 5 09-28-2008 11:38 PM
What questions should I ask a lesson stable? horsestar8100 Horse Talk 1 05-29-2008 11:29 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome