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post #21 of 28 Old 02-08-2013, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by PunksTank View Post
So really you're learning more how to not interfere with your horse and how to communicate more clearly - not really a particular style? (Not trying to be sarcastic - just want to be sure I'm following :P)
Yes, exactly. Right now I'm doing basic lessons and eventually hope to "branch off" into more specialized training. Dressage is included in my wish list, but I am also interested in jumping, and in the past have enjoyed gaming, Western Pleasure, and trail.

I likely will be doing all of this just for fun and not competing/showing much. For me it's definitely not about one discipline being "better" than any other. It's about being a better rider with a better relationship with my horses.
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post #22 of 28 Old 02-08-2013, 11:02 AM
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I'm sitting here reading people's posts "horses moving improperly" and "not riding correctly" What qualifies as correct or proper? Doesn't that vary per riding style? And what for those people who don't ride for competition, which is the 'correct' way for them to ride? I feel this is all very...vague/overgeneralized?
I do think different displines/breeds/individuals have to be ridden differently, move differently and need various things from their riders.

I do endurance and trail ride. I've ridden ponies, arabians, many ottb's, stock horses and full blooded drafts, plus most types in between. they all need you to ride differently, and respond to them in different ways.

I'm not a great rider, but my goals are as follows;
-soft hands, light seat, stay out of the horses way and make it as easy as possible for them to do their job. be ballanced and light
-be sympathetic, understanding and try to read your horse. why are they refusing? fear? attitude? pain? and respond accordingly
-always comunicate clearly, never set yourself up for failure. asking too much at once makes a frustrated horse and rider.

I don't know dressage, reining or any specific disapline(other than endurance) but I can stay on, be ballanced and respectful. unlike alot of people I know, I can ride green, ornery horses, work them through problems and end up with a willing mount. In some ways I know I'm not riding 'right', but I am succeeding at my goals at the moment, and until I have the funds to be taught another way, this is what I have to work with.
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post #23 of 28 Old 02-08-2013, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by PunksTank View Post
There is no one 'correct' way to ride a horse. There's less obtrusive, less aggressive ways, but not all are right or wrong.
I can definitely agree with that. I do like the idea of dynamic rather than "correct" or "incorrect" HOWEVER, I was referring to me and my own horse.

I am learning to ride him more effectively :) Before we had communication issues due to our mutual ignorance.

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post #24 of 28 Old 02-12-2013, 12:06 PM
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To me, riding correctly means being in balance with the horse and communicating effectively with him.

Achieving that with any horse is an endless process and the getting there (not the arrival, as one never really arrives) is the fun part.

Kind of like marriage. :)
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post #25 of 28 Old 02-14-2013, 11:22 AM
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I am impressed by those who wish to take the time to learn how to ride properly. To me, this means, balance, communication, soft hands included and so on. Especially those who have been riding for some time. When I began to learn riding, I wanted to develop healthy habits so I didn't have many bad habits to break but I found there were many who just "knew what they were doing" and had no interest in becoming better horsemen/woman.

Those same people complain about riding and blame their horses for all the problems when even as a novice I can see errors on their part. Please don't misunderstand, I'm not putting them down, but it saddens me to see them and their horse missing out on so much.

Anyway, humility and overcoming your pride is a great quality and I applaud you for it and working to advance in your horsemanship.
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post #26 of 28 Old 02-14-2013, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
My signature line is one that I think defines good riding:

"...there are only two criteria of your position;
a) are you in fluid balance and rhythm with your horse or not?
b) does your seat enable you to control your horse efficiently?"
- V.S. Littauer

There was a horse I loved, a runaway, nervous, difficult horse, finally got sold to a girl about my age. I was very jealous, I didn't think anyone could understand this horse like me.

I saw them about a year later. They were in an Open Jumping class. The girl was sloppy, her reins were a mile long, she sort of sat back when she jumped, loose in the saddle. And the horse was easily jumping fences 4.5-5 feet high from a lope.

Did she ride "wrong"? She sure made it look easy!
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post #27 of 28 Old 02-20-2013, 10:43 PM
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Perhaps the term "correct" is what upsets some people. I think we agree that there are better and worse ways to ride a horse. Riding in balance with your horse is better than being out of balance. Giving clear aids/cues to your horse is better than inconsistent unclear signals. It is just a term that is used to describe riding in harmony with your horse. A bit like the term " a broke horse " refers to one that is trained to ride. You could say trained horse but then people would say " trained to do what/" It is all a game of semantics.
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post #28 of 28 Old 02-22-2013, 01:24 PM
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I see so many young girls (and guys!) jump on a horse, lean back into the saddle like they're slouching on the couch, yank a horse's head around, kick the horse's stomach aggressively to get him to walk out, and yank him back to stop him. There's no subtlety there!

I once saw a smallish quarter horse that I fell in love with as a kid. He was a little white gelding, and there was a kid my age on him (somewhere around 8 or 9). The kid was running him full blast down an arena, and then yanking him to a dead stop. They told us that he was for sale, but his mouth was horribly scarred where the edges of the bit were. Needless to say, we passed.
That's what I consider "incorrect" riding.

I used to ride in such a way that I couldn't go a mile down the road without my knees aching. I took western lessons, thinking that I just needed to strengthen my legs. I was running 3-5 miles a day, too. Never got over it. But finally I found the riding instructor that I have now, and she informed me that I wasn't bending my knees at all. So every step the horse took, I braced by legs in the stirrups, and my knees took all the impact. I would cry, it'd get so bad. Now that I know my problem, I'm riding "correctly."

So, in other words, my definition of "correct" is: "Riding the horse in such a way that no pain or discomfort is caused to the horse or rider."
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