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post #11 of 14 Old 06-19-2011, 12:10 AM
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Just meandering here, but thinking about becoming a "driver" instead of a passenger.

A lot of riding lesson time is focussed on teaching people, new riders, to learn how to apply the "buttons" , or the aids as they are called. They learn how to command the horse to DO things.

What I often see as a problem, is them not learning how to turn off the commands. What I mean is they press the ON button and leave it on. They forget that they must stop pressing the ON button. The OFF button is at least as important as the ON button.
Do you know what I mean?
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Yes. Like once the horse gives you the trot, you stop squeezing him. :) Or once you get the canter, you can put your leg back next to the girth.

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Here's my take on it. Two riders are riding in the arena. Both horses are trotting along the rail. Rider #1's horse starts to get strung out and disconnected. The rider keeps going along at the trot on the rail. Horse stays strung out. Rider #2's horse is trotting and starts to get strung out. The rider puts her horse on a circle, does a few half halts, puts it all back together, and proceeds along in a nice connected trot. 1 is passenger and 2 is rider. To me someone who associates training with the act of riding is a rider.

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post #14 of 14 Old 06-19-2011, 04:54 PM
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Here's my take on it. Two riders are riding in the arena. Both horses are trotting along the rail. Rider #1's horse starts to get strung out and disconnected. The rider keeps going along at the trot on the rail. Horse stays strung out. Rider #2's horse is trotting and starts to get strung out. The rider puts her horse on a circle, does a few half halts, puts it all back together, and proceeds along in a nice connected trot. 1 is passenger and 2 is rider. To me someone who associates training with the act of riding is a rider.
I like this comparison, I have for years had no formal training and now know that I was a passenger just quietly going on trails and just really steering and not much else really. After taking lessons for a while now i'm finally learning to be a rider meaning I can challenge my horses behaviour where needed to ensure I get the result I am after for example (and i'm sure there are better ones but can't think right now) I was recently riding a horse who was consistently asking to eat grass, the first time I asked her not to politely, yet she still tried to eat, she then got rude about it so I matched her behaviour and she went whoa okay I won't try that again. Once upon a time I would have let the horse eat grass and wait happily until we were on our way again (being a passenger) as I would have been worried about the reaction I got if I got tough, now I believe i'm starting to be a rider

should i or should i not.........
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