Yay! A new riding forum! Thanks mods for making it.
Anyway, when I take riding lessons at this one stable, they criticize a lot. When I ride, sometimes the horse just stops or something. They think I am riding the horse wrong, but even when I do exactly what they tell me the horse is just stubborn!(btw, I ride two horses. One who is slower than a snail and one faster than a cheetah)I want some tips to make them stop just stoping in the middle of the arena.
I also need help, for the fast one, to SLOW DOWN.
Here is how I handle the slow one:
I'll kick, cluck, kiss, or do all I can to get him to trot. Whips are not allowed on him, or any horses there unless it's for a special reason. Or spurs, I think. So I'll talk to him, squeeze, or do anything I can for him trot. Rough handle is also not allowed, unless they are acting up badly.
He has the fastet trot. I would shake this off if this was English, but it's Western and I either bump up and down or make my thighs so sore I can't walk. =( So when they tell me to check him back, I usually pull gently on the reins. But, he stops. (Or walks) I would tighten up on the reins, but that we are not allowed to do that or hold the reins up. Gurr! How do I handle them both?