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post #21 of 90 Old 06-11-2010, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
It's slippery even when not wet. My both horses fall on my driveway when they spooked and turned too fast. So asphalt does have some give (although it's still too hard to do anything besides walk), but it's still dangerous IMO for you and your horse.

You want to keep your heels more down and post by moving your hips, not from the legs as (it looks like) you are doing. Your horse may be pretty unbalanced as well, which doesn't add much to the comfort.

If you have a big exercise ball ($20 in Walmart) you can imitate the trot there (I was taught it at the dressage clinic and it was pretty amazing). Basically you sit on ball with your legs just in same spot and move your hips forward and back to the ball, so the ball would bounce like horse would do.
Okay. Exercise ball? That is a GREAT idea!!!! So this means I should definitely not take the pony cart on the rd?
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post #22 of 90 Old 06-12-2010, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian View Post
riding is okey on the road but trotting is not recommened on hard surfaces. If you are trotting on it i would recommend shoes to help them from chipping
Riding on asphalt is terrible for their legs. Thats way to much strain on their muscles and tendons. Stay off!
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post #23 of 90 Old 06-12-2010, 08:17 PM
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dreamergurl4101-oh i know riding on the road is bad for horses legs but i figured arguing about it would get me no where i should probably have worded my response better .. either way i dont know of any vet that would tell yu its okey to ride on a road. unless its once in awhile like for a parade

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post #24 of 90 Old 06-12-2010, 08:31 PM
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Okay, guys. I think the whole riding on the road point has been made. Perhaps it is time to go back to the OP's original questions about posting and position.
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post #25 of 90 Old 06-12-2010, 09:31 PM
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Originally Posted by dreamergurl4101 View Post
Riding on asphalt is terrible for their legs. Thats way to much strain on their muscles and tendons. Stay off!
Alrighty, sorry.
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post #26 of 90 Old 06-12-2010, 10:27 PM
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I find it helpful to practice posting on a lunge line, so you don't have to hold the reins at the same time, just lightly clasping the pommel of the saddle. Definitely use the above advice about not posting from your feet. When you feel like you are getting it, try without stirrups, on the lunge. That will bring to your attention the muscles you should be using in order to post correctly. Good luck!
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post #27 of 90 Old 06-13-2010, 01:26 PM
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I think the lunging idea is great. We have our kids put their arms out to the side for balance and learn to feel the horse's stride. I have a young horse and he tends to vary his gait at the trot so sometimes I will even count, 1-2, 1-2 and post at that count, plus half-halting to get him to maintain a steadier trot. Make sure you aren't using his mouth to balance either, should be able to post without holding on. Goodluck, he's a really nice looking boy :)

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post #28 of 90 Old 06-13-2010, 02:20 PM
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Riding on the rd is okay if you are walking BUT cantering and trotting will do nothing but damage to his legs. You will have nothing but health problems in the future with his legs and well it won't be very fun.

I am still new and trying to keep my post on beat(sometimes I get off beat) but how I was taught was to act like there is a string tied to your belly button and act if someone was pulling you towards your horse instead of going up down on your horse. It's obviously not a drastic movement. It will get easier. Also if you get off beat what will help is if you purchase rhythm beads that way you can keep beat with your horse :) I'm thinking about purchasing some.
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post #29 of 90 Old 06-13-2010, 02:21 PM
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oops, sorry I didn't read all the posts that were made...sorry for repeating about the road!
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post #30 of 90 Old 06-14-2010, 11:23 AM
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Neither of your saddles fit you well. That is part of your problem. As someone already mentioned, you’re posting by standing up in your stirrups. You need to fix this and post from the hips. He’s very hollow which will make any horse’s trot uncomfortable and you coming down on his back hard and balancing on your hands will only serve to make this worse.. You need to work on getting him soft and round and through his back – really lifting his back up and carrying you. Do you work with a coach? I agree that longe lessons, taking your reins away, would be a good first step.
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