Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch
I know JDI already mentioned this but your horse needs to keep his body straight even when you are asking for a turn. I wish I had a picture to illistrate what I'm trying to say.
You horses head is turned into the right, if you are turning right. His head, neck and spine should all be in line, or very close to it. The fact that his head is turning tells me you are giving him far to much tug on the right rein. Try to tug and release and put your left rein on his neck to ask him to keep it straight. Also USE your legs to keep his body straight.
Slow, slow, slow and work on your seat! Good luck!
Ok thanks, but what I learned in dressage is that you do one big tug untill the horse "releases" and accepts and then you release, and that you don't tug release tug release because then you're going to have that tug/release war for ever..
But everyone rides differently, my friend does the tug/release/tug/release too, and it works for her, so.. :)
My dressage trainer told me that once in a while I can just do this excersise where I trot so slowly that i'm almost walking, so its just a little faster that walking! (Would that be 'jog' in western..?) and when i'm galloping, I should be so slow that i'm almost trotting! ('Loping'?)
That way I can feel and work on my transitions, + my horse relaxes completely and I can sit correctly, and relaxed.
Would that work in western too..?
Western is so similar to dressage..! Well, I
think so. I guess I just expected it to be so