What to do next? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
Exclamation What to do next?

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 : )
joeyjocarter is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 05:34 AM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 1,527
• Horses: 1
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..

White Foot is offline  
post #3 of 6 Old 06-04-2010, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Posts: 4
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by White Foot View Post
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 : )
joeyjocarter is offline  
post #4 of 6 Old 06-05-2010, 12:13 AM
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ashland, OR
Posts: 8,434
• Horses: 1
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.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
SorrelHorse is offline  
post #5 of 6 Old 06-05-2010, 02:18 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Taranaki New Zealand.
Posts: 796
• Horses: 1
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
kiwigirl is offline  
post #6 of 6 Old 06-05-2010, 02:58 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Posts: 4,367
• Horses: 5
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.
Cinnys Whinny is offline  

Quick Reply

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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome