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    12-02-2007, 02:41 AM
What should I do?

OK I took my second lesson today and did good but my instructor said that I need to keep Tuffy at even rhythm because he is speeding up and slowing down at the trot. My question is that should I keep him in a slow or faster trot? He is kind of hard to keep slow because he will drive right threw the bit and keep going so I was wondering if it would be better to make him stay at a faster trot.
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    12-02-2007, 04:27 AM
I guess it kind of depends just how fast he is trotting. Ideally you really want him to be trotting at a nice, steady speed which is neither of the speeds you are mentioning lol a nice slow trot can be ok as long as it isnt a lazy trot and he is working through the trot. However, if he is doing on of those crazy flat out trots above the bit then you don't want this either. Your instructor is right about keeping the even rhythm and I would assume she means even rhythm at a trot where your horse isnt being lazy nor hot headed and running away with you.

In my long winded way im trying to say that you need to find a nice mid way between slow and lazy and fast and rushed. Its likely at either of these paces he isnt really going to be listening to you. You want him going forward with impulsion and suppleness. Ah, im going to stop now or ill keep saying the same stuff just in different ways lol its been a long day :)

Good luck. I hope I've managed to help in my round about way lol
    12-02-2007, 08:56 PM
Thanks so much for the help jazzyrider. I will definitely work on keeping tuffy at a nice mid way trot. He is going quick enough at the trot that it feels like he is about ready to canter and you have to keep steady pressure on the reins that way he stays in the trot. I have never had him break into a canter but I have the feeling he will if I keep letting him go so fast at the trot. On the other hand when he goes slow he barely gets out of the walk and he does not have very much impulsion at all. So you have him pegged all the way Jazzyrider.
    12-11-2007, 07:26 PM
How are things going with tuffy now? :)
    12-12-2007, 04:08 AM
Sorry I have not got back with you Jazzyrider we have super busy all week. Unfortunately the weather has not been very nice and the lessons where canceled last week and this week is not looking good either The wonderful thing is that me and my little sister take turns like I take a lessons one week and she takes a lesson the next and I can't ride until she gets her lesson which as luck would have it , it was her turn last week so I will not be riding this week and if the weather keeps up I won't be able to ride the following week either :roll: . What was I thinking when I told her how much fun horses where I could be taking lessons three or fore times a month just joking I actually enjoy watching her ride.
    12-12-2007, 06:06 AM
You arent in australia are you lol its been raining on and off for weeks and I never get more than a day or two at a time when I can ride. It no sooner dries up, I ride for a day and then it rains the next 4 days lol soooo frustrating
    12-13-2007, 05:17 AM
No I don't live in Australia I live in the USA. I would not mind going to Australia though it seems like beautiful place. The problem is that with everything being so expensive it is hard to do things like that. Last week it snowed Wednesday we got about and 2 inches all of that melted Friday and then it started raining and has not stopped except for 1 day this week. Thankfully the weather is supposed to be sunny and 47 degrees Friday which means my sister will be able to take her lesson and then for the weekend they are calling for snow and ice which means the we will probably loose electric :roll: .I hope the weather gets better for you Jazzyrider that way you can ride for more than a day or two a week :)
    12-13-2007, 05:49 AM
^^ well I guess im lucky to have rain instead of snow :) I hate the cold. I live in the tropics and event the winters here are too cold for me lol im a woos ;)
    12-14-2007, 02:32 AM
Hard call jazzyrider because I know where I live we never have weeks of rain in fact this is the worst its been all year but if you do not like cold weather then you have the better end of the bargain.

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