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post #1 of 10 Old 07-26-2012, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Do you plan your schooling sessions?

When you go out to school your horse, do you plan the things you are going to do?

I need to work on a lot of things with my horse & I'm thinking that making a list of things I want to work with him on that ride would be helpful.

If you do, can you give me an example?
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-26-2012, 12:57 PM
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I usually just set a small goal like not running sideways towards the gate atleast 2 laps or something small and end on a good note and a trail ride.
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post #3 of 10 Old 07-26-2012, 01:54 PM
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I usually have a notion of what I would like to work on but we don't always get to it. For example I might decide to try getting a flying lead change one day but maybe on that day I find my horse is kind of ignoring my trot cue, or is leaning on my leg or that at one end of the arena he wants to rush or whatever random thing HE has decided he wants to work on (LOL I totally believe that it feels like he sometimes has his own lesson plan for the day) and I may end up working on the other thing instead of what I planned on. Depending on how much time I have that day and how much time it takes for him to be corrected I may or may not get to work on the original plan on which case it becomes the plan for next time.

I always end on a good note though.
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-26-2012, 09:51 PM
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I work in the same manner as DA, I have an idea of what I want to achieve in a session, sometimes I'll plan to simply working on suppling exercses, other days I'll really hammer the reactions to aids.
But it is very dependent on the 'mood' of my horse on that day. If I want to work on laterals, get on, and feel that he's very tense with no give through the jaw and poll, I'll spend the session working on juggling him between my legs, overbending, flexing etc. to unlock him.

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-26-2012, 10:07 PM
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My trainer always leaves me with what she would like me to work on. So I generally plan to work on what she said to but depending on my horse, sometimes we work on it..... and sometimes we work on the invisible monster that just showed up in the back corner. Just depends on the day!

Sometimes he in the perfect frame of mind and "gets" what we are supposed to work on immediately, so rather than start on something else and potentially end up with a mess that will then take forever to fix, I just head out on a quiet lil trail ride.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-26-2012, 10:17 PM
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When I don't have a plan I feel like both me and my horse and bored so yeah, I like to have a plan. Like DA though, they don't always work as planned hahaha:) I like to ride bareback once a week so that might be an idea. You really get to feel your horse's movement without anything else. Plus it's just fun! Other ideas for you to do are beginner level dressage tests. I love them! With the dressage tests they really give you an idea of what you need to work on. For example - standing still (simple but some horses don't have any patience haha), circles, getting round and in a frame, using those corners etc.
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-27-2012, 05:06 AM
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I plan in so much as i say "Today I will work on getting his arse under him" or simlar but like DA and Kayty, sometimes that plan falls to the wayside if there is something else that crops up during the session

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-27-2012, 06:18 AM
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Like everyone else, I come with a plan but always fix whatever comes up and end on a good note.

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post #9 of 10 Old 07-27-2012, 07:45 AM
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I usually just start out with lots of bending, leg yields, side passes, turns on forehand/hindquarter.. etc, then I move onto things like patterns and different activities. If he's being difficult, I stick with the things I listed up top and spend more time on what he needs work on.

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post #10 of 10 Old 07-27-2012, 09:59 AM
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I just go with whatever the horse offers and by doing so, so far, it gets better each day.
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