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post #1 of 7 Old 08-22-2008, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Mayzee and Me

This is not my horse and not my tack. Please keep in mind that this saddle is way too big for me. And please excuse the tummy, lol. Its hard to keep the shirt down while you ride. Hehe. So here you are! Oh, and my boyfriend took the pictures and they kinda suck. Haha. So bare with me.


Working with loose reign

Trot

Walk on a loose reign

Trot

:) Like I said, bad pictures, big saddle. I'll get better pictures but do your best?!? Thanks!!

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post #2 of 7 Old 08-22-2008, 05:08 PM
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What exactly does riding on a loose rein achieve, except showing a horse's realxation at the walk? Riding on a loose rein in a trot just teaches the horse that contact is not important and does not actually need to be established at all times. Even in a "stretchy circle" a horse should have contact with the bit and be reaching over his back into the contact.
Sorry, that's my biggest pet peeve :)

As for you, you seem to have a fairly solid position. In the rising trot you tend to have a "cheerleader back". You need to focus more in the rising phase of the trot on letting the horse lift you out of the saddle, putting your leg on and keeping your back flatter. Your thumbs also need to come ontop and your elbows need to soften and absorb the movement to keep your hands steady in one place.
Although you have nice equitation on the horse it doesn't appear that you really have any effect on his way of going other than you get to choose the gait. You need to learn how to establish a forward rhythm and a contact and start riding your horses on the bit, forward and in self carriage. This takes a lot of miles with shorter reins and more focus. Keep riding and try to learn how to get the horses on the bit and working more over the back. This is learned by trial and error and developing a feel and can take years, so don't get discouraged!
Keep up the good work :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 08-22-2008, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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What exactly does riding on a loose rein achieve, except showing a horse's realxation at the walk? Riding on a loose rein in a trot just teaches the horse that contact is not important and does not actually need to be established at all times. Even in a "stretchy circle" a horse should have contact with the bit and be reaching over his back into the contact.
Sorry, that's my biggest pet peeve :)

As for you, you seem to have a fairly solid position. In the rising trot you tend to have a "cheerleader back". You need to focus more in the rising phase of the trot on letting the horse lift you out of the saddle, putting your leg on and keeping your back flatter. Your thumbs also need to come ontop and your elbows need to soften and absorb the movement to keep your hands steady in one place.
Although you have nice equitation on the horse it doesn't appear that you really have any effect on his way of going other than you get to choose the gait. You need to learn how to establish a forward rhythm and a contact and start riding your horses on the bit, forward and in self carriage. This takes a lot of miles with shorter reins and more focus. Keep riding and try to learn how to get the horses on the bit and working more over the back. This is learned by trial and error and developing a feel and can take years, so don't get discouraged!
Keep up the good work :)
My trainer had me riding with a loose reign because she is trying to get me to work more on my seat and leg then with my hands. That's why we were also in the round pen. So I will have to disagree on that one. This horse also tends to carry her head in my hands when she first is taken up into the contact. Bad habit that her owner lets her do. For the most part we tend to have a very good head set. So this was a bad lesson to use for a critique, I know. But I do need to work on letting her impulsion lift me out of the saddle, so thanks for that!

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post #4 of 7 Old 08-22-2008, 06:36 PM
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You seem really stiff, not relaxed at all.

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post #5 of 7 Old 08-22-2008, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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You seem really stiff, not relaxed at all.
I'm trying so harddddd!! Lol.
I think it looks like that because Mayzee makes me work my butt off to keep her going!! I can't stand it!

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post #6 of 7 Old 08-22-2008, 07:12 PM
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[quote="~*~anebel~*~"] What exactly does riding on a loose rein achieve, except showing a horse's realxation at the walk? Riding on a loose rein in a trot just teaches the horse that contact is not important and does not actually need to be established at all times. Even in a "stretchy circle" a horse should have contact with the bit and be reaching over his back into the contact.
Sorry, that's my biggest pet peeve :) /quote]

I have to disagree, about the whole contact thing. I think it's good to ride with a loose rein. I would explain why but this guy does it better :P , I think you might find this quite interesting.

http://www.horseproblems.com.au/hors...ndex_page2.htm
(The article is called "Help... I can't let the reins go!" the direct link wouldn't work for some reason)

And he's got a lot of other similar articles on his website, check it out!
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post #7 of 7 Old 08-22-2008, 07:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! The website looks awesome! I'll have to look at some other articles as well... 8)

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