Okay so they're not that old, but these are the first couple of times I've ridden a horse in ten years. I just bought my stallion, Smoke, in May of '09 but was only able to truly start working with him beginning the 10th of August when he was moved to a nearby boarding facility. These videos start on the second time I've ridden him...ever. What I want to do is show these videos, and then when I get some new ones I can see if there are any improvements or if I've gotten worse.
I'm a novice rider anymore, so advice and information is always welcomed, but please remember to let me know what I'm doing correctly as well. ^^
So I'm pretty sure he was scared of his shadow in this one, that's the only think I can think of. Anyway, second time ever riding him.
Okay, I don't know what his problem hi with that one wall, but he always wants make a sort of U around the middle of it. He still does it, and I don't have a clue why.
These were taken on the same day.
So getting him to gallop is actually quite difficult. He's pretty lazy. I actually hated galloping before I got my own saddle. The one I'm using in this one is too big and I am really loose in the stirrups and I would lose them when he got up and actually going. I'm not sure how I look galloping him now, but I look god-awful in this video.
And just for the heck of it, this video below is the second day I've ever worked with him. He was being a typical stud the first day, and was completely out of line. He wouldn't listen, ignored the fact that I was even there, wouldn't back up, wouldn't go where I wanted to, and just wouldn't pay any attention...so despite my troubles (very much mine) in this video, he was doing very well. Also, one of the trainers helped me correct a lot of the lunging problems, like showing me how I should always remain in line right behind his shoulder while lunging so he doesn't pivot away from me. Well I've since had to get a lunge whip because no matter what I do he'll just pivot away, and I've tried everything. Basically he's just being stubborn now, not confused.