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        06-04-2010, 04:59 AM
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    Hey guys,
    I have a gelding, Blackbelle who is about 7 years old. I am wondering what you guys think I should do next in the way of training him.
    Blackbelle knows all the basics. Walking, trotting, cantered, haven't got him into a gallop yet as he is slow and lazy. He can jump as every horse can, but not well. It's hard to teach him when Im focusing on getting enough speed out of him. He can back up. Isn't very good with novelties or turning sharply. I've gotten him to dip his head learning to go on the bit once, but he can barely do it. He doesn't know much dressage and is gangly.
    Anyone have any ideas on what or how I should train him?
    Also I don't know if he can lunge haven't tried that yet.
    Jo : )
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        06-04-2010, 06:34 AM
    I would get into more indepth training. Like being able to control his head, his front, and his back. Getting him to work more off your leg..
        06-04-2010, 07:02 PM
    Originally Posted by White Foot    
    I would get into more indepth training. Like being able to control his head, his front, and his back. Getting him to work more off your leg..
    More information please : )
        06-05-2010, 01:13 AM
    Haunch turns. Forehand turns. Sidepasses. By the end of the horse training, in my opinion, you shouldn't even need a bit or bridle to guide him. Nudge him with your hand where your foot would touch from the ground, and when he moves off it release and praise. But remember to teach it on both sides and teach each bit individually. As he get sbetter, ask for more and more steps. Then try it in the saddle.
        06-05-2010, 03:18 AM
    Here is a Clinton Anderson article that may give you some insight into directions for training a horse.

    Lateral Flexion is The Key to Vertical Flexion with horses
        06-05-2010, 03:58 AM
    Green Broke
    It sounds like Blackbelle has a few "holes" in training. He does know some basics, but there are some missing. I wouldn't even THINK of going near any jumps until the holes are fixed or he will pick up some pretty bad habits that you will then have to fix too. You also shouldn't worry about galloping right now either. You should be fully 100% able to control speed and turns to do both these things. I am not sure what you mean by "novelties" but it sounds like the things you are referring as novelties are actually basics in training such as the side pass, backing,etc.

    I agree with the others with working in the leg cues and getting your basics done such as turning on the hind and fore (haunch turns, fore turns) and sidepassing. It also sounds like there may be a bending issue. If I'm right you may want to start out with some bending exercises when you ride and on the ground such as having the horse bend his head toward his side. If you are on him take your left rein and pull his head to the left to put tension on the rein. When he turns his head enough to "yield" to the pressure (give you a little slack) release the rein for his reward. Do it on both sides. You want him to be able to touch his nose to your foot or his side easily. You can do this on the ground to with the lead line just always remember, as soon as he gives his head...release and reward.

    Simple patterns such as figure 8's in w/t/c will also help supple up...just remember to add in your leg cues so you can get him going off your leg.

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