I am very glad to see that you are so interested... at our farm, our stance is that if you want to ride, you have to know how to handle the horse on the ground. Otherwise you get a skewed perspective of what horsemanship is all about, and more importantly, INCOMPLETE training. We start all students from the ground up. I hope you can figure something out with your riding instructor! Let them know that you hope to own a horse one day and therefore, you need training from the ground up!
It is good to see you are wanting to learn other stuff about horses besides riding!
Ask your instructor if you can come out one morning and help her feed the horses and clean the stalls- if she sees that you are willing to work and help around the barn she will eventually let you handle the horses more and maybe help younger students tack up for their lessons. :)
Sorry I didn't reply after my last lesson, but after todays lesson my instructor showed me how to un-tack a horse and she said if I come early next lesson I can help tack him up! My only problem now is in my lesson I have a horse that is REALLY lazy and it takes ages to get him to do transitions and he keeps cutting the corners. I can sometimes get him to stop cutting corners at walk and trot, but now I am learning canter, he cuts of about half the school! I try to use the reins to keep him on the track but he just moves his head and not his body. I am in group lessons so it is hard when my horse keeps messing about, cutting corners and going slow. What can I do?
Oh so many memories, I rode a pony just like yours, and I finally figured out how to work him and got moved onto a different horse =P
I suggest Half-halts, to get him listening and the inside leg on the girth pushing him out. Also you need to pull your outside rein more, aswell as the half halts to keep at a good pace. And I know you hear use leg evenly but you need to use your Inside leg more to get him moving out, but outside leg slightly behind the girth for impulsion. You may also need to use the crop aswell, if he really isn't listening. Behind the leg. The point is his body is meant to be straight with his heard sorta and bending in the right places.
It's going to take alot of work and muscle probably =P
When a horse cuts inside, or "falls in on his inside shoulder" you actually have push him out, using both inside leg and inside rein. YOu will push hard against his inside girth area AND you lift your inside rein upward and in what's called an "indirect rein"" So you are kind of angling toward your outside hip. You ALMOST cross over his neck, but not quite. Do this at the same time as pushing him out. This works especially well if the horse is bent to inside, looking to the outside and cutting in. You will change his bend so that it fits the circle he is going on and push him out with your leg.
Is that the way he is cutting in?
Tinyliny-yes that it how he is cutting. I will try that technique next time.
Brithorse-i do use a crop to get him moving, I've had one since my first lesson. Maybe I should use it more. You said when you figured out how to work your horse you got moved on to a different horse. The horse I had today(called pele) I have had since my first lesson, but a few lessons ago I got told I could move on to a different horse. I had a diffrent horse last lesson (called jolly). Jolly was more active and I didnt have to keep kicking him to get him moving. But now I am back in group lessons (i was having private for a bit) another girl has jolly and I have pele. I suppose this is because I am more used to pele and she must of been having jolly during her private lessons so she is more used to him. Its just annoying because I feel like im doing really bad because there horses stay on the track and go faster than mine. Hopefully he was just having a bad day so he will be better next time. He is worse in a group though because he doesnt like being away from them, so that is why he cuts corners.
Very often in the UK it is either a scheduling issue or an insurace issue that prevents people tacking up thier own horses.
Own a pony days/weeks are brilliant, they are aimed at novices who don't know about horse care. When I went on them (mum used to use them as a babysitting service) the day normaly went something like this:
8am turn up, Introductions, findout what pony you have got
8.30am learn how to muck out, do haynets, waters. Lesson on grooming
10am learn how to tack up,
11am 1hr hack
Midday - Learn how to untack, rug up etc.
12.30 - lunch
1.15 - Lesson on general horse care (and at this point they usualy take you out to bank the muck heap, the stale yards worst chore in summer but fought over in winter)
2.30 - tack up again
3pm - 1hr lesson
4pm - untack, learn how to care for a sweaty horse, Lesson on feeds and feeding
5pm - feed horses, rug horses up. Give them cuddles and sweets and kisses.
5.30pm - 6pm pick up time.