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post #11 of 15 Old 03-26-2010, 01:02 PM
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Yes, take the stirrups down a hole or two... also, try to do things to help him build a seat. For example, have him two-point at the walk, then try posting at the walk, before he trots. Bareback riding can also help.
If I were you, I'd take off those reins and just lunge the horse. Have him put his arms out, touch the ears, tail, touch his toes, etc. Stuff to build his confidence and teach him to rely on his seat instead of the reins. I ruined my first pony's mouth balancnig myself on it and wish I'd known better.
Oh, and since he has the opportunity, he might feel more comfortable with the horse if you do a bit of groundwork first :)

Good luck! At least your boyfriend is interested in horses. None of the guys I know will touch one with a 10-foot pole xD
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post #12 of 15 Old 03-26-2010, 06:28 PM
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maybe not lean back and get off the horse's tush a bit more, post, shoulders back.
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post #13 of 15 Old 03-26-2010, 06:46 PM
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Tell him compression shorts really help. Looks like hes a bit protective of the boys.

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post #14 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 06:09 AM
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okay definitely put the stirrups down a hole or two.... other than that you know what you are doing and great at doing it... have him practice the sitting trot with one stirrup and slowly work on his balance by working on it with no stirrups.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 05:10 PM
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My boyfriend learning to lunge a horse ebfore anything. I also made him learn to post at aa walk but he didnt get to do much trotting before I sold my percheron mare. He does the same thing your bf does, and puts his hands up really high. -_- Spooked my mare once and that taught him to keep his hands down lol. I agree the poor guy's stirrups are too short, once theyre down more and he can stretch into them he wont bounce as much. I wouldnt want to teach him its ok to use the horses mouth to catch yourself though. I think id much rather have my bf grab mane or fall off ( lol ) before catching himself ( hes a big guy) in any horses mouth. Best of luck with the lessons! You got him on a horse now see if you can get him in breeches ha ha ha

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