I'm not sure im controlling my horse properly ,I feel like i'm a bad rider! Help!

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    04-14-2013, 03:56 AM
I'm not sure im controlling my horse properly ,I feel like i'm a bad rider! Help!

Hii! Everyone I've been riding about 4 months now so still a new rider.I changed horses recently from a calm schooled horse Mr Nippy to Ben 10. Ben 10 is a good ride but he just needs a lot of legwork to get him moving I spent an entire lesson getting him to canter and to stay in the canter.Ben 10 is not the problem as his a schooled horse and when any other rider gets him to canter he canters.Any tips on what I might be doing wrong?Problems I have is to keep my heels down and my reins short. P.S this is an awesome site,am proud to be a member keep up the good work 8-}
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    04-14-2013, 05:09 AM
More often than not with new riders I see them not driving with their seat and this causes horses to break down. A horse can tell a confident rider, and the confident ones are the ones that can keep them going. My mare plays this game with the kids where they will try and get her to lope, only she'll just trot faster and faster. Then, in their inexperience, they will lose their seat and have to stop and regain it. She learned this.

Cue for the canter as you were taught on this horse and keep your outside leg on until he picks it up. Make sure you are moving your hips with his, rolling them an moving with him. New riders tend to brace and think too much about staying on. An experienced horse knows if an experienced rider poses resistance with their seat, it means slow down. This is called a half halt. They think that is what you want. Breathe, relax, think forward thoughts and makes sure you are moving with him and looking up at your next vantage point. Literally just thinking "canter" will help you.
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    04-15-2013, 01:09 AM
Hey you've just started out. Your muscles still coming in. Nothing wrong with riding with a dressage whip to help back up your leg aids.

Make sure you aren't stiff. Allow your hips to move. Don't force them..
    04-15-2013, 05:18 AM
I agree with all that's been said before :)

Ben 10 may also be the type of horse that won't do something you're not ready for. A friends pony wouldn't canter for her or anybody when his rider wasn't balanced.

Also... Don't worry too much, you will get there. My TB is super lazy, I have been riding for 3 years and I still struggle to get him moving off my leg. :) Most people do actually, but my point is we all have little moments that shake our confidence. The trick is to keep at it and not get too down about it. We all go through it, event top riders experience it at some stage.
    04-15-2013, 08:45 AM
I agree with the above. Just give yourself some time to build your muscles and refine your position and aids. Your trainer most likely has you riding Ben 10 to improve your riding. Good luck and have fun!

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