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    07-23-2012, 05:55 PM
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Nya
Foal
Horse won't move! (And not even trot or anything)

Hello everyone, I'm new here :)
I'm writing this because I really can't sleep at night for what happened a few days ago, and the reason could seem stupid but really, I'm feeling so bad for it!
I'm 17 now and I had to give up horse riding at 13, for health reasons, and I could go back on horseback only now, and it's been two months I've been taking lessons again.
I put really all of my efforts in it, so one week ago my teacher told me " okay, you're doing really well now, next time you'll canter for the first time".
Unfortunately, the horse I should have cantered with has had some legs problems, and it's resting, so I was given another horse, an old huge trotter (ex-race horse). Well, I usually have few problems with the oldies, but this time, really, it didn't listen to me in any way. I had to trot at first, but the best I could achieve for an hour (with legs and whip) was a slow walk, and him stopping all the time. After a while my teacher said "okay, I'll show you" and after being for one second on his back, he started trotting and galloping fast.
I got on again, and he was even worse... that made me feel really bad, and I'm afraid it could happen again... I couldn't understand where I go wrong, and my teacher told me " you have to give him the impulse to go". I usually manage to do everything with other horses, and I don't understand what I have to do... Do you have any clue? I'll have my next lesson on thursday, and I'd like not to waste it that way...
Thanks a lot :)
     
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    07-23-2012, 06:27 PM
  #2
Started
If the trainer cannot tell you want that means(ie what do you do with your body parts) then she should not expect you to be able to ride him. Obviously he knows the difference between a beginner and a pro.. Not your fault at all.. I assume you are riding english.. I'd be tempted to swat his butt. ;)
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    07-23-2012, 06:44 PM
  #3
Nya
Foal
Yes, I'm riding english at the moment, because the american paint I ride has something wrong :(
Anyway, she told me to tighten my legs, but what I usually do is to put my heels deep in the stirrups and tighten the legs giving pressure only when I need more speed... this time I was a bit confused and discouraged! Also, I felt the stirrups quite long, and I felt like I couldn't put the heels deep in them and I had poor balance. I told her, and she said the stirrups where okay.. D:
     
    07-23-2012, 06:50 PM
  #4
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Sometimes "squeezing" with both legs only makes a horse become stiff and resistant. You can try using a "bump, bump" with your ankle bone. My instructor said it's like "plumping up a pillow" with your lower leg. Pop.pop!
If that doesnt work , immediately put the whip on , and not a tap. A loud smack. You have to be very committed to going forward. Don't worry if the horse LEAPS forward; let him go fast for a bit, then you can slow him back down.

It might be that you are holding him back with the reins, while at the same time asking him to go forward with you leg. Open the reins and ask him to go, NOW!!! It doesn't have to be a pretty result, just a big one.
     
    07-23-2012, 07:03 PM
  #5
Nya
Foal
Thanks a lot to both! Next time I'll keep it in mind :)
I usually keep the reins quite loose (I'm used to the western) and the trainer kept on telling me to shorten them, and in fact, my doubt was that the reins were too short for that horse's long neck, and that they may have been stopping him from going forward... I'll try, anyway I already feel much better :) my trainer was so unclear, and him galloping with her and stopping with me made me feel depressed!
     
    07-23-2012, 07:07 PM
  #6
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You are NOT the only one who had this experience; not being able to do anything with a horse, then trainer gets on and the hrose is a perfect angel. Sounds very familiat to me.
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    07-23-2012, 07:36 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Nya    
Yes, I'm riding english at the moment, because the american paint I ride has something wrong :(
Anyway, she told me to tighten my legs, but what I usually do is to put my heels deep in the stirrups and tighten the legs giving pressure only when I need more speed... this time I was a bit confused and discouraged! Also, I felt the stirrups quite long, and I felt like I couldn't put the heels deep in them and I had poor balance. I told her, and she said the stirrups where okay.. D:
You normally ride in a western saddle? The paint can't be saddled in a western saddle? You could tell the stirrup leathers were too long and didn't get approval to get them adjusted? I won't even comment on the cues, because horses can be trained in so many ways.

But, in general, time to find a new riding instructor, IMO.
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    07-23-2012, 07:42 PM
  #8
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The trainer has likely had to wake the horse up in the past so when she gets on the horse listens. You're not the trainer so the horse is testing you to the max. You will learn much more from a horse like this than the one that mechanically plods around the arena.
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    07-23-2012, 07:42 PM
  #9
Started
I find that putting weight in the heels (not keeping them dropped but relaxed) braces your seatbones and gives the opposite signal to "go". Are you thinking forward? Or just asking it?
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    07-23-2012, 07:50 PM
  #10
Nya
Foal
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Originally Posted by boots    
You normally ride in a western saddle? The paint can't be saddled in a western saddle? You could tell the stirrup leathers were too long and didn't get approval to get them adjusted? I won't even comment on the cues, because horses can be trained in so many ways.

But, in general, time to find a new riding instructor, IMO.
The paint yes, is in a western saddle and I'm really fine with him! Unfortunately he got hurt, and I had to mount this trotter in an english saddle! And yes, actually when she was first adjusting my stirrups, she just made a kind of knot to make them stay shorter and I felt them so long I couldn't get the balance from keeping my heels down... when I told her, she said they were okay and that the problem was me not giving the right impulse to go :(
But that was hard for me to understand!
     

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