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        08-25-2011, 11:57 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Excellant post Strange!

    Why do riders resort to using gadgets and false aids/hands when trying to obtain control?

    When you want your horse to come back down to you, use your proper aids, just as Strange stated - Your CORE, thighs and upper body. Same aids you use, in the dressage ring when doing a downward transition.

    Lookit - you give a horse something to lean into, they'll take it. #1 rule I have learnt when riding in Eventing Clinics taught by Upper Level Riders is, don't fight, dont' argue.

    I highly suggest you start establishing your Coffin Canter, obtaining a functional two point position *USE YOUR BODY* to get your horse to come back under you. Very important aspect to have while you are out there.....you need to know how to rock your horse back under you.
         
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        08-25-2011, 08:16 PM
      #12
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by MIEventer    
    Excellant post Strange!

    Why do riders resort to using gadgets and false aids/hands when trying to obtain control?
    Huh?? Who's using gadgets? This thread is about fixing the hole in the training without having to resort to gadgets. Anyway, our first training exercise of establishing breaks and listening to mommy went well. Next I'll move onto changes of gait within the canter using the aforementioned half halts. If that goes well, we'll put some jumps back into the mix and move on from there.
         
        08-25-2011, 10:53 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    A breastcollar is most certainly not a gadget. It can be used to maintain proper control in times of need.

    Yes, duh, your horse should be balanced. But there's really no time to teach it if you're in the middle of a showjumping round! Sometimes, it's necessary.
         
        08-25-2011, 10:59 PM
      #14
    Trained
    I like to take my mare out into a field [with or with out other horses] and practice canter-halt transitions. If she's pulling through my half halt I will have her stand and back, and then stand until she can be still and relaxed on a loose rein or light contact. Basically, she doesnt get what she wants [to run] until I get what I want [calm and listening pony]. If im with other horses, I wait until they canter off and she has to stay either standing or walking quietly until I tell her its okay to go.

    Don't be afraid to stop [and back if you need to] in the middle of your xc course or between every fence !
         
        08-25-2011, 11:10 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by gypsygirl;1150408

    Don't be afraid to stop [and back if you need to
    in the middle of your xc course or between every fence !
    Well this is exactly why I presented this question to more experienced eventers. It took me all summer to create a horse who is only interested in getting there and jumping the fence at hand rather than bouncing around like a squirrel looking at everything but the fence he's there to jump. I want to be very careful about over correcting the forward issue since the last thing I want to create is a stopper. I want him thinking forward and locked in on the fence at hand. I just also want him aware that I'm still up there and expect to be listened to when I ask for something. As far as I can tell, he's being a good boy and trying his heart out for me in typical TB style. He's just currently a little over-zealous about it. Thanks for all the input.
         
        08-26-2011, 07:24 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    You'd be surprised at how many things you can throw at a bold jumper without making him a stopper.

    I've done this tactic for a little over a year and my horse still has not refused a stadium fence in that time.
         
        08-26-2011, 08:23 PM
      #17
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by eventerdrew    
    You'd be surprised at how many things you can throw at a bold jumper without making him a stopper.

    I've done this tactic for a little over a year and my horse still has not refused a stadium fence in that time.
    That's good to hear. If need to go that route, I'll give it a try.
         

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