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        08-12-2013, 11:46 AM
    Being more aggressive?

    I've had 5 different riding instructors over the course of my career, including my current AQHA trainer. Most, if not all of them, have told me I need to be more aggressive while riding. Particularly now, with my horse, who's in training for HUS. My trainer says I'm quiet and soft, which he likes with some things, but sometimes I need do more to get what I want. I believe him, but as sad as this is to say, I don't really know how without being too harsh or mean. It's not like I ride around letting the horse do whatever he wants at all, but I don't always use enough pressure to get results. Any tips on how I can be more aggressive, and how I can learn the difference between what's good and what's too harsh?
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        08-12-2013, 11:56 AM
    Drop the word aggressive from your mind, replace it with assertive, you are asking firmly.

    Drop any idea you have of your horse as your best buddy when riding, it maybe a partnership but you are calling the shots, so forget about asking nicely, and instead think of just telling the horse what you want him to do.

    Horses are much like men and boys, suggestions don't always work, you just have to tell them, very clearly and simply what you want.
        08-12-2013, 12:27 PM
    ^^^^ LOL Yep!
        08-12-2013, 12:35 PM
    It's also going to vary horse to horse. My horse thinks crops are going a little too far whereas a spur makes him respond with a "MA'AM YES MA'AM" every time without dramatics.

    Riding more assertively is going to mean not only being very clear on your cues, but in escalating (ask, tell, demand) promptly and fairly. For some horses it might mean a whack on the bum with a crop, for some it might just mean having a crop at all, for some it might mean using your heel if calf pressure is ignored,
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