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post #1 of 3 Old 11-19-2013, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ride and Position critique

First of all, I'm new here, so hey!

This is me and my 3 year old Mustang. I've had very few formal lessons, and get a lot of help from people online and wanted to reach out and get some opinions on my position and riding.

My horse is very green - adopted (not from the BLM, but barely touched) in the Spring and he has been under saddle since around June.

Right now I am trying to get his back end to fill out more and get him to use himself back there, and I need to work on my own riding to do so. So any glaring things I can fix or things I can do to get him more engaged will help!

Usually, once people tell me what to work on, I work on it for a week or so and make a follow up video and then continue from there, so hopefully thats what this thread will be like! It really helps to make up for the lack of trainers around!

Anything specific with specific instruction on what I can do to fix it really helps!


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post #2 of 3 Old 11-19-2013, 09:12 PM
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The only thing I'm going to comment on is your reins and hand movement. Notice how he's in western gear... notice how the reins are loose then they suddenly get tight... tight tight tight, loose. Your hand doesn't move much, which isn't a good thing to do as when the horse tries to relax, it meets the jerk of the end of the slack.

You should move all parts with the horse, including when you are riding western.

Not doing so is a quick way to deter a horse from relaxing under saddle, and may cause bigger issues such as not accepting the bit.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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what a great horse and what a great start you have! you are doing a great job on starting this horse and building a foundation that will last for years. I see a bright future for you two.

the horse is following the rein nicely. I see that at times, particularly going left, you employ a neck rein in a supproting fashion, and I assume that the direect rein is also being engaged (just cannot see it). I wouldn't hurry neck reinging, but it as long as it isn't confusing the hrose, why not start teaching it now?

at times I see you almost using the rein, or shall we say, a loosening of it, to tell him to step on. And that is about the only thing that comes to mind to critisize at this point. you don't want to teach a horse to step off from the rein. The step off should always be from the leg or seat. . a loosening , or opening, of the rein in and of itself, should never be a sign for the horse to move on. it might be that you are also signalling for it to move on with your seat and leg and I am not seeing that. so forgive me if I am wrong. I only want to say that a lot of folks inadvertantly train the hrose to go forward as soon as the loosen the "brakes" (reins) and this is a mistake. The horse should go off of the seat or legs, and the loosening of the reins, even if a little or a huge loop, should be just that: a loosening of the reins as a reward ., but not a signal to walk on, as if you let go of a "brake" that was holding the horse and now it can just fall forward since nothing holds it back.

I like how you are working with this horse, I like your position. Look up more, though.
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