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post #1 of 15 Old 07-07-2013, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Was it the horse or me? Please give me tips. :)

Ok so I tried going into a trot for the first time and I went into a gallop and it was pretty scary. The person who was teaching me said to push hard with your heels behind the girth and I did that but I went into a gallop. She told me he was a sensitive horse but I am not sure if t was the horse or me. Please give me tips. :)
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-07-2013, 06:16 PM
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It sounds like the horse did exactly what you asked him to. Did you fall off? If not, pat yourself on the back and smile. If you did, get back up and try again.

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Thankfully I did not fall off :)
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post #4 of 15 Old 07-07-2013, 06:22 PM
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Well you should have more confidence knowing that you hung on! Next time, try a little less forceful of a signal. The horse may have misunderstood you or he may have just been being bad. Either way, everybody -- horses included -- makes mistakes. No harm was done, and you did a good job of staying on.
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-07-2013, 07:37 PM
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I don't think either is really at fault but rather the person instructing you - especially if this was your first time on this horse asking for a faster gait. You just need to learn the cues the horse was trained with.

In the future start with a light cue first and if they don't respond to that then increase the pressure. Some horses have been trained to respond to light cues and a hard squeeze ramps up their response. All of mine move to a trot with just a light squeeze. You give my mare a hard squeeze and you better hold on. Remember - horses can feel a fly land on them.
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Thank you guys so much. :) Now I have more confidence about trying again and I will soon. :)
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Definitely try again. All I have to do with Rio to ask for a trot is a feather light touch of my heels to his sides. No pressure required, just the touch. However, he LOVES trotting and would do it all day if I let him.
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 03:08 AM
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Horsemanship 101: It's never, ever, the horse's fault (no matter what happens.)

A horse always does what he thinks is best for him to do. He can only be a horse, thinking the way horses think, so how can he be wrong?
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My advice would be to get a better instructor!
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post #10 of 15 Old 07-08-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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I wasn't saying it was the horses fault I was asking if the horse himself read the way my touch was (I hadn't ridden him like at all) because all horses are different with that so I was asking did he read it wrong or did my instructor (or me) mess up.
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