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post #11 of 14 Old 07-16-2013, 05:48 AM
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Awesome job! Riding without reins AND stirrups is hard and you did a really good job.

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post #12 of 14 Old 07-17-2013, 12:39 AM
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Your leg swings.. it needs to stay still. Also you need to make sure that you ask for the canter appropriately.. not kicking him into it. Press into him into he canters, as his inside hind is off of the ground (so you can get the correct lead)

You seemed a bit ridgid especially when he actually trots at a working pace (instead of a little jog) but well done for your first lungeline lesson :)

Remember even without reins you need to allow your arms to just, open and close.. not stay ridgid because that means your shoulders are ridgid which may mean your back is ridgid which means you won't be able to really MOVE with the horse.

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post #13 of 14 Old 07-27-2013, 05:04 AM Thread Starter
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Also you need to make sure that you ask for the canter appropriately.. not kicking him into it. Press into him into he canters
I can understand how someone who doesn't ride him can think me kicking him was inappropriate, but the only reason he cantered at all was because my instructor had the whip going at his hind end. When I wasn't one the lunge at the end, that's the fastest I've ever gotton him, even my instructor was in a speechless shock. Either way, thank you for your input and I'll try and take it on board.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-27-2013, 05:46 AM
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I can understand how someone who doesn't ride him can think me kicking him was inappropriate, but the only reason he cantered at all was because my instructor had the whip going at his hind end. When I wasn't one the lunge at the end, that's the fastest I've ever gotton him, even my instructor was in a speechless shock. Either way, thank you for your input and I'll try and take it on board.
A horse will get dull if you just kick them as a default. You should always start each ride with the softest cue and them build up until they do as you ask. It was great your instructor was able to help you canter him with the whip.

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