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post #1 of 7 Old 01-22-2012, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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exercises at the walk

hi all,

I have a new student and I'm scratching my head about what to with her. She's older about 50s plenty of riding experience years ago but has lost all confidence.

Today she just wanted to stick to the walk so started with the basics weaving through tires which she quite enjoyed, then had her zig zagging across the school trying to get the pony to touch on the track at each post to start working on forming some bend.

started on working on turn on the forehand.

What other things can I be doing with her?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-22-2012, 11:11 PM
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I take offensive with the older part, 50's, hey that's middle age! Anyways, a great exercise at the walk and will help your student develop her riding muscles again, is to practise the extended & collected walk. A great exercise for both rider & horse, develops a good seat and when she is ready to move up a gait, it can be used there as well.
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-22-2012, 11:12 PM
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In my lessons sometimes my instructor has me do balance exercises. She'll have me walk on a lunge with my arms straight to the side, above my head, and doing circles (away from the horse's head.) She also has me do it with my eyes closed. We are also working on my knowing when each of Dancer's back feet hit the ground. We also work on turning the hindquarters and turning on the forehand.

I'm a bit of a timid rider, too, so we go really slow. I do trot but don't canter...yet.

Hope this helps.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-22-2012, 11:21 PM
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Being on the lungeline with your knees meeting at the top of the pommel and your hands resting on top. It seats the rider on their seatbones and helps them feel each step the horse takes. Also if you bring your legs back and up, then reach and hold the ankles, so you're in a backbend shape, that also seats you on your seatbones and trains your legs to stay back.

These are good balance exercises but they are tiring and can be a little nerve racking at first. Another good one is reach forward, touch the horse's ears without your legs going back. Reach down touch your toes, reach back and touch the horse's tail with your chin up and body relaxed.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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Thanks guys They all seem really good.

Waresbear I'm sorry I didn't mean to offend. I said older as our clientele is predominately children / teenagers with a few young adults thrown in. My go to excercise for kiddies is Simon Says but not sure she'd appreciate it!
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Lol, no worries. I call others my age old as well, but just don't call me that!!
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-23-2012, 10:00 PM
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Can do half-seat at the walk to work on core strength, leg position, and balance. And leg yields at the walk, to start learning how to use those aids.
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