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post #1 of 2 Old 09-10-2010, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Driving to Riding help

How should I school my horse to use for riding, when it appears the most she has done is driving, and in blinkers. You can put a saddle on, and you can ride, but she has no mouth response and she constantly wants to be in a fast walk, preferably a trot.
Any advice greatfully received, starting from scratch with a mouthing bit and then pillar reining followed by long reining and then lungeing has been suggested. Just wondered if anyone else has already successfully completed the change over.
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-11-2010, 05:18 AM
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I've only taught riding horses how to drive, not the other way around. But in general, I don't think this is much different from anyone else teaching any other horse something new. Some ground driving will help teach your horse how to respond to rein aids, but if you are confident/capable enough, I would just get on. Do lots of circles, serpentines, and/or squiggly lines/weaving poles, as well as lots of walk, halt, back up transitions to get her responding. For a hard-mouthed horse, I would back up EVERY time I halt to reinforce it, at least until they are responding nicely. Just don't be too gentle. You don't make soft horses by being gentle all the time. Ask with the pressure you want to use, then increase the pressure until you get the result. It's the whole ask, tell, demand system.

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