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    01-31-2011, 09:19 PM
Get That Butt Into Gear!

Okay, so my bestfriend is unable to get to the barn alot to ride her horse. She lets me ride him free of charge and he's a great little boy. I'm going to be showing in childrens (2'6'' or so)but I want to make sure that we can go into it with a chance of winning.

I only have a few things to ask:
He goes on the forehand alot, which isn't helping him balance what so ever so I've been trying to get him on his hind end more. What are some ways I can do this? (If anyone is planning on saying draw reins or side reins don't bother posting lol)

I've been working on lead chnges with him too (but im not going to ask for the flying one until he is on his hind end and balanced^) so once we get to that milestone, how should I teach him that he needs to do them? I know how to ask for them, just not train them.

Gridwork gridwork gridwork! He has hanging knees which can get dangerous when we get back into the heavy duty jumping in the spring(or whenever the heck it gets warmer!) so do you guys have any gridwork exercises that work well for you? The tighter the knees the better!

HE IS LAZY. He doesnt seem to really get interested in anything as long as it is under 2'6''. Since it's the winter, that's all we've been going to spare their joints. Is there any way to get him interested in being ridden. When we do poles or anything he pays no attention to them and just storms through(it's quite the scene(: ) I don't want him to thing that riding is a horrible thing that he is tortured with almost every day.

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    01-31-2011, 09:39 PM
Green Broke
Oh I'm subscribing :)

But you have to remember it's not about winning its about having fun :) always nice to win a few of course lol shows our hard work has paid off :P
    01-31-2011, 09:54 PM
Lol its funny you say that because our barn saying is "its all about the fun at hunters run!" lol. Made me think of that! Lol but yes if he's having fun then I am having fun(: and he loves the attention of getting ribbons loll(:
    02-03-2011, 04:12 PM
    02-08-2011, 10:52 PM
Work on transitions both up and down to help transfer his weight away from the forehand. For laziness - what is his turnout schedule like? What is he being fed? How does his tack fit? What is your contact/seat/leg like? All of these can factor into laziness. You can try raising the poles or even one side of them alternating down a line so he has to lift his feet. Do you have a coach? That's your best bet! Even occasional lessons are better than none :)
    02-09-2011, 01:08 PM
I have a trainer and he gets 2qts of grain 2 times a day and 4 flakes of hay in the morning lunch, dinner, and latenight. He goes out all day long and he will go forward but it takes alot of asking, he's just not willing to move forward at the sqeeze of a leg.
    02-09-2011, 01:16 PM
My guy is exactly the same way, tough to move off the leg. Lots and lots of transitions, and carry a crop. I ask lightly, then "tell" with leg and crop. We have to work on this at the start of every single ride. He was allowed to be lazy and tune out for several years so this is a looong work in progress...

It also sounds like your guy is bored working on the flat and at lower fences, leading to him getting sloppy. Try incorporating lots and lots of different things, chaning it up every few strides to keep him on his toes. Do you do lateral work? Changes of direction, changes of tempo, etc... Keep your warm up exciting for him, and he should be paying more attention to you.

I do feel your pain, a lot of this is easier said than done!

butt, canter, hind, lead changes, train

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