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post #21 of 26 Old 10-31-2010, 04:11 PM
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Originally Posted by AmberPick View Post
Sounds awesome! I think I will try that next time we're in the longer arena!! The thing with this mare is that she won't slow down if we're turning sharply, probably because I am being a little more aggressive (which I'm not very good at) but if I do a larger circle she stops.. The hardest part of riding for me so far has just been keeping her at a trot. I don't know if it's me or her, or just a combination of me not being aggressive and her not wanting to trot.. But we are going on a trail ride this week so we'll see how we do together outside of the fence!!

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No problem! As for keeping her going, try riding her with a crop sometime. My horse will keep on going even if she just knows that I have a crop. I often don't even have to use it! I suggest waving it infront of one of her eyes then the other eye so that she knows that she'll get it if she doesn't behave. Of course you don't have to hit her, just a tap works just as well. Remember to only use it to make your horse go faster. Don't use it for punnishment.
If you keep on using the crop then eventually you can ride without it and she should be respecting you better. If she doesn't then grab it the next time you ride, and keep on using your legs! Make sure that your not pulling on her mouth making her stop at all. I used to be all western and barely english so I needed to learn to use my legs lots too. Somedays Cheyenne would be crazy somedays she wouldn't do anything. That's another thing that's good about the pattern that I told you about. If your horse slows down, then you need to use your legs! Also if your horse cuts your circle or anything then redue it until you get it right and THEN move on to your next circle. I find it works really well!
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post #22 of 26 Old 11-02-2010, 09:42 PM
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ummm no helmet? thats kind of risky....

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You look like your really tense. Take a deep breath and relax. :} You look like your center of gravity is a bit out in front of you and it looks like your holding yourself with the ball of your knee. Push your heels down just like you should while riding, Let the motion of the trot guide you into the "up" because you look like your forcing the post.
Other then that you look great and your horse is so pretty.
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post #24 of 26 Old 11-03-2010, 04:43 PM
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I will also vote for letting your stirrups out a hole or 2. It is pretty hard not to post from your feet in a western saddle if your stirrups are too short. One other thing is that your reins might be too short as well. It looks like you are having to lean forward a bit and kinda stretch your arms out in front of you just to keep from bumping her in the mouth. Your hands appear to be pretty soft in spite of that though. You might consider getting a pair of split reins, that way, you can make them as long as you need to be to give her freedom with her head but still keep your arms where they need to be and have a straight back and a deep seat instead of leaning so far forward. Ideally, your upper arm should come almost straight down with your elbows close to your sides, then your hand should be angled to where it is almost pointing to the horse's mouth.

This isn't the best picture and I certainly don't have the best horsemanship, but it kinda gives you an idea of what I am talking about. I also keep my stirrups what would be considered fairly short for a western rider because it makes it easier for me to ride a horse that bucks, but it does make it hard to post without pushing off from my feet. If I weren't riding colts, I would have them longer.

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post #25 of 26 Old 11-03-2010, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by RideroftheWind View Post
ummm no helmet? thats kind of risky....
And that's her risk to take. I'm sure she knows it.

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post #26 of 26 Old 11-04-2010, 02:03 PM
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Try squeezing with your calves when you go down to get a little more energy in the trot. A more energetic trot is easier to post to. You have gotten great advice on relaxing and dropping your heels. I like the book Yoga for Equestrians for breathing exercises.

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