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post #1 of 8 Old 10-03-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Rode a new horse today, I think I am in love and a ?

I love my old gelding, but, I get tired of doing the same old thing all the time. I was given the oppurtunity to ride the BO's horse. I told her abut the issues I was having withmy gelding, and she offered to let me ride hers until we get mine fixed. She was going to send him out and pay 500$ for a 30 tune up, and I told her just let me ride him!

She told me that he was lazy and didnt listen.

The horse she told me he was, is not the horse I rode today. He was a dream. I took him to the roundpen, because I am weary of riding a new horse out in the open if I have never worked with it before. We walked, trotted, loped, figure 8's, and sidepasses. He has a history of bucking people off (for no reason they say) and rearing. I quickly figured out that I do not have to touch his mouth, that is what gets him angered. He works completly off of his neck, legs, and seat. It was amazing. To get him down form his faster gaits, all it takes is a bump.

The only thing i can figure out is they dont know the level of training this guy has, and were riding him like a plow horse. If you get in his mouth he gets snotty, and thats what I am thinking the rearing comes from. He did everything I asked of him, the first time I asked, and didnt give me any crap about it.

Oh why oh why cant I afford another horse. I would buy him in a heartbeat.

On to my question. I would consider myself a great rider, without trying to sound conceded. But I did have one problem with him. When he was loping in the roundpen, he had so much rear propulsion, that it was lifting me out of the saddle. I am not sure if maybe I need to take a few lessons (lol), if it is something that he is doing, or if it is my saddle. I wish I could explain it better.

Maybe I can let them think he is as lazy and bad as they think he is, and get him cheap.
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-04-2012, 12:57 AM
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are your sturups at the right leangth i had that problem once and it turned out it was cause my sturup werent down enof!?
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That could be the problem. I used to run barrels so I ride with my stirrups a little shorter. I had to let the right side down one the other day because my knee was hurting. I'll try lowering them both a notch and see if that helps. I havnt had this problem with any other horse, but its worth a shot.
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If you have a long leg and can wrap around a horses barrel, shorter stirrups will just set you off balance for normal riding. I get very teeter tottery with shorter stirrups, and it hurts my knees. I only shorten for jumping in which I am off the horses back anyways.

As for impulsion, some horses have a lot of it lol.

Someone can correct me on this, but in my recent dip into OTTB's and some jumpers, they do not like you sitting on their backs at the canter. I rode an OTTB who would add an extra oompf at the canter to get you off his back, forcing you to two point. Sitting it was work. He didnt buck with me, but his owner said that he has bucked just about everyone else off, and he will buck if you sit on his back at the canter.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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I'll def try lowering my stirups. I just have always rode with them a little shorter out of habit. He was a trained cutting horse when he was younger and is really nice to ride, just has that extra oomph lol.
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Someone can correct me on this, but in my recent dip into OTTB's and some jumpers, they do not like you sitting on their backs at the canter. I rode an OTTB who would add an extra oompf at the canter to get you off his back, forcing you to two point. Sitting it was work. He didnt buck with me, but his owner said that he has bucked just about everyone else off, and he will buck if you sit on his back at the canter.
That may just be from the style of riding they're used to from race training (and jumping afterward? When I first started riding I took lessons at a jumper barn and didn't know there was any other way to canter other than in two-point!)

I leased a TBxHanoverian a while back, and his owner (jumper) always rode him in two-point. It took him a little while to adjust to my sitting deeply on him (since I ride dressage now) but he did get used to it.
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It most likely is a result from training. Some horses I think downright dislike it as well.

Some hunter jumper barns teach you to two point with an over arched back. I've ridden with two instructors now that have tried to do that to me. It is painful, and it makes me ride very forward. So I can imagine horses used to being ridden that way, it will make them use themselves differently when ridden with a deep seat.

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

Don't look in a horses mouth for a gift.
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what everybody else said.

i was taught to "drive with my seat" so i sit pretty deep in my saddle. but probably 1/2 the horses ive ridden hate having someboy sit the lope/canter. so i would end up in 2 point or something close to it to keep them going. it just depends on training and what they prefer..

take charlie for example. he HATES loping if im sitting in the saddle. i almost always find myself getting up in 2 point just to get him to keep going. lazy horse lol

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