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post #1 of 19 Old 11-09-2009, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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ridding young horses

So this lady at my barn has a couple young horses for me to ride. Im not an expert at ridding young horses but ill ride anything and want to learn. Im still a little nervous with ridding young horses. so i know i shouldn't trust them and ill lunge them before i ride but do you have any tips about ridding young horses?
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post #2 of 19 Old 11-09-2009, 11:37 PM
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Don't allow anything on the longe that you wouldn't want them to do in the saddle. Don't be afraid to ask for help and stay relaxed. If the worst happens and they start to buck look right between thier ears and don't freeze up. If your legs stop moving or you look at the ground your coming off. I usually come off but every time I hit the ground my groundwork gets better.

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post #3 of 19 Old 11-09-2009, 11:54 PM
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Good advice Kevin.

Make sure that they are supple to the bit and willing to bend their neck to each side with just the lightest pressure before you EVER get on. Make sure that you have established a cue for forward motion before you get on too, whether it be a word, smooching, or clucking. If one of them starts to buck, don't pull with both reins, that helps them buck harder. Tighten one rein and urge them into fast small circles. Get their feet moving in the direction you want and they will usually forget all about bucking. When a young horse is a little tired is when they learn best, don't be afraid to get them sweaty or ride them for more than 30 minutes. Just watch for their signs that they are ready to stop and don't push them beyond what they are ready for.

And if you think even for one instant that you are in over your head, get some help from someone with more experience on young horses. They are challenging and no matter how many of them you've dealt with, they will still suprise you.

Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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Okay =) thanks for the advice guys. Im going to go try ridding one of them tommorrow the lady is going to show me him. so ill tell you how it goes.
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Kevin was right when he said stay relaxed! Be careful when you have the attitude of "can't trust them". Sure, they're more prone to bucking and spooking then most older bombproof horses are but if you ride them defensively you won't be able to ride them properly. Be firm but give them lots and lots of praise so they're happy to work. And in everything be 100% consistent!
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post #6 of 19 Old 11-10-2009, 08:42 AM
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If you are having a bad day in the saddle, (i.e. your horse is not doing what you want it to do) dont drill him to death. Back up a step and start with small simple steps again. If your youngster gets overwhelmed you wont get anywhere.
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oh best of luck, might be a good idea to wear a hat and a body protector just in case and lunging is always a good idea
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post #8 of 19 Old 11-10-2009, 03:33 PM
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A lot of young horses are different. But most of the ones we have do see boogie monsters, so if I were you I wouldn't relax a lot. Well, you can relax, but don't stop riding (space out ect), cause they might jump at any second ;)

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post #9 of 19 Old 11-10-2009, 05:49 PM
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Good advice here!
Also, make sure the owner or a good coach keeps tabs on your riding these youngsters. If you teach them incorrect habits, they will be **** hard for the next person to come and correct them because as a youngster they soak information up like a sponge!
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post #10 of 19 Old 11-10-2009, 06:08 PM
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Good Luck But My Advice Would Be If Your Not Confident And Feeling Nervous Then I Wouldnt Advise You To Get On The Horses. Theyre Young And They Need Total Trust In You. You Must Have A Fair Amount Of Trust In Them. Obviosly Dont Put All Your Trust In Them But Just Be relaxed So They'l Be Less Likely To Act Up.

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