Strides are better!

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Horse Riding

Strides are better!

This is a discussion on Strides are better! within the Horse Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category

    LinkBack Thread Tools
        11-08-2009, 01:04 PM
    Strides are better!

    When I bought Caleigh back in August she had no idea how to collect her strides. Our long sides in the arena are 5 strides and she would easily clear them in 3 in a canter. She just bounded forward with no speed difference other than slow, fast, faster.
    That was all fine and fun after we did our work out and headed out to the feilds but in the area it's just not practical to go racing around like that. So my trainer and I worked on collecting her up and she literally got it after the second lesson and has continued. She is now at 4-4 1/2 strides at the canter and even more she is relaxed where she used to be stiff.

    She can canter a 30 meter circle without her hind end falling out from under her like it used to. We've worked on her corners and after she was adjusted twice by the chiropractor she easily bends around them instead of leaning hard into them. Apparently her head was on a little crooked and her left shoulder was out. We're still working at engaging her hind end more but she's made a lot of progress.

    In the trot she used to speed trot and then go right down to a walk if I asked for anything slower. Now she collects her trot as much as I need and it really helps with other horses in the arena.

    I took her for a nice sunrise walk on Wednesday morning. It was the last day without rain we had so I figured it was a nice fall morning why not go for a walk. We have some quiet side streets with grassy walks along each side so we headed over there. She hadn't been out on the street since I first got her in august but she did great. Very alert but not jumpy or spooky. A lady came up beside us in her truck and commented on how well mannered she was and that she hadn't seen a horse and rider for about 10-15 years and seeing us was a nice change. On the way home I trotted her a little and cantered her in a nice collected canter on the grass sides. We stopped at the top of a nearby hill and the sun was awesome! It was a warm gold glow and it was just amazing.

    Anyway I just wanted to share everything that was improving with her and what we've been up to. It's not a wonderful day today, a bit cold but it's not raining at the moment so I think I'll take her out for another walk.

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:


    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Big Strides Bumpy Rides! Cadence English Riding 19 11-06-2009 02:53 PM
    Working with long strides Angilina Horse Training 5 09-29-2008 07:41 PM
    Sorting Out Strides In Jumping ): ~MavvyMyBeauty Horse Training 7 12-04-2007 04:23 PM

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:11 PM.

    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0