Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
I was taught that your arms should move a bit with the horse as long as you are not pumping. But that would mean that your body stays still, and only from about your elbows to your hands are moving...and its more of an up and down motion as your horse goes up and down with his stride.
Have to agree with spastic that it looks like you are pumping your body to keep her going. Second the carrying a crop. Ask with the leg, then tell with the crop if you got no response from asking with the leg. Don't "nag" at her, but make her listen. Really good excercise to start practising at the walk first, then the trot, then the canter.
I think part of it is that the mare is strung out a bit and heavy on her forehand. If you collected her up a bit, sat up tall, and take a bit more in your hand and leg, you could keep her going without having to pump the same way. Its like she's pulling herself along with her front end, instead of pushing with her backend.
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