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post #1 of 5 Old 09-25-2009, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Some more pics of Outlaw in training

Here are some more photos of Outlaw and me. So far I have only ridden 3 times due to the weather. Unfortunately he had 5 days off, but with a lil groundwork before saddling up today he did just wonderful. Yes, I did finally get me a helmet. I shortened the stirrups a notch like some said to, but now do you think they are too short?? Today we worked on disengaging the hindquarters. I rode him at a walk, trot, and canter. Took a lil help from my mom in the center of the roundpen to keep him moving...seems like he thinks he can get away with being lazy once in awhile.

He knows whoa on command. He also has figured out that nudging with my heels and kissing to him means to move forward. Should I be teaching him commands with groundwork such as using the word "trot" to trot, canter, etc. He does know "walk on" as well.

By the way he has such a smooth canter!! I can't wait till he will be ready to canter through the fields! I only did it for a few mins today though, wanted to end the session on a good note.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-25-2009, 10:25 PM
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aww! my horse knows how to whoa, walk, trot and canter all by vocal commands. i did tons of round pen work before i started riding him, so he knew them when i was sitting on him.

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post #3 of 5 Old 09-26-2009, 12:36 AM
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It looks like you are still having to push down and out to keep your feet in a firm position, so I think your stirrups could go up even more yet.

Looking good though!

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Much better!!

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-28-2009, 03:35 PM
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I'd put the stirrups up one more notch. I couldn't see in the pics but if you don't have real riding boots with at least a 1 and 1/2 heel I'd get some. Also get the straps that hold your stirrup leathers together and keep your stirrups from turning all the way around. They are generally called stirrup hobbles around here. If you are still confused as to what they are I can try to get pictures. Other than that (my pet peeves) everything looks good.
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