The Basics....ground work plan for retraining from English to Western Pleasure/Trail
Gang, I ask you for a little guidance and wisdom here, as I begin the process of retraining my horse to western from english.
A little background information.....
I have had her under saddle twice. Both times, she really wanted to speed up, and it played horribly into the plan of the day. I suspect two separate issues at hand...poorly fitted saddle, and an inexperienced rider at the reins.
The result was a horse that was flustered and agitated, and a rider equally so.
But, each time, we went back to the round pen to finish the day with a win for both of us.
After discussing things with my trainer/girlfriend (extremely talented horsewoman), we decided to go back to basics, and essentially start from scratch.
Our logic being that my horse is about 9 years old. This gives me about 18 years or so of good riding ahead of us, and I want those years to be as pleasureable for us both as I can make them. She's an amazing horse, and deserves it, as do I.
On top of that, what we're doing isn't working, so its time to change the plan to something that does.
What we know: Makana is trained as an English/Dressage horse as best we know. Her walk is very fast, as she's enormous (16.2h), and her temperament is wonderful. We did a join up last weekend that went flawlessly like a textbook definition, and I definitely have her attention and respect.
So, back to basics, and into the round pen we go, and this is where my issue lies....
I need knowledge and skills in this department.
Do you know of any books, dvd's, youtube channels, websites, that I can seek out to help me get the information I need to essentially start from scratch on training both myself and my horse?
We're already doing the forward and back, and working on whoa all over again, but like I said, starting from the very beginning is the fundamental concept.
Thanks in advance!
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