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post #1 of 9 Old 05-31-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Excited by Flash's training progress!

I just started Flash riding under saddle a few weeks ago, and today was the first time I got some good trotting out of him. He is very responsive, but used to only take a few trotting steps, then go back to a walk. Today I got him to trot a few times all the way across the arena! He's starting to get the hang of neck reining and bending as well. I'm hoping to have him ready for a trail ride in a month. I plan to hand walk him along the trails this weekend to start getting him used to being around traffic (as we have to walk along the road for a few minutes- which we usually hand walk them for anyways and to get him used to being on the trails.
Also, I ride him in a halter at the moment, and have been using lead ropes as I don't like leather reins and cannot seem to find any rope reins around here that are not connected (I like to have a good tail incase he needs a pop). Does anyone know where I can get split rope reins online? I'd like to get nice thick ones as I find the heavier ones work better for neck reining.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-02-2012, 07:27 PM
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Have you heard of Mecate Reins? I LOVE them if my horse isn't moving off my leg. Also if I need to get off and do ground work.

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And congrats on his progress!!! Let me know how it goes - it's always exciting when you first start a horse under saddle! Good luck & be safe on that first trail ride ! :)

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Kind of unusual to work on neck reining so early in the saddle work. My understanding is that trainers get the direct reining down pretty well before going to neck reining.

Be sure your horse is really responsive to the "stop" and "turn" rein, before you leave the arena for the trail.
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post #5 of 9 Old 06-02-2012, 09:36 PM
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Kind of unusual to work on neck reining so early in the saddle work.
....and bending.

There are a number basics one should probably spend a LOT of time working on before bringing things like bending and neck reining into the mix.
Never understand why people want to rush this stuff so much...


But hey, it's your horse and you'll be the one who has to go back and patch up holes in the training later, I suppose.
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He was ridden by his previous owners for a bit, and understands the concepts of direct reining, which is why we've been working on neck reining. Unfortunately, they left tons of gaps in his training, which is what I've been trying to patch up. I never said it was the first time he'd been ridden :), but that 'I' had just started him. I re-started him under saddle, after tons of ground work- sorry, should have worded that better.
Also, by bending I mean bending his body (not very good at the terminology). He was a cart horse, so when he turns, its as stiff as a board. We've been working on getting him to move and bend his body when turning.
I don't believe I'm rushing him at all, we are still working on refining the basics. Also, I have helped break numerous ranch horses, and none of them learned how to direct rein before neck reining. They all turned out great and were extremely responsive. As my boy already knew direct reining, I figured I'd wean him into neck reining slowely.
I hope that clarified my post a bit. Sorry if it was confusing.
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Also, thanks for the link, I'll check that out.
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ahhh okay. Sorry for the confusion.

It did sound like this was the horses first few weeks under saddle ever.

Just remember, at this point the most important thing is that he's moving forward freely, straight, balanced and steady. I've seen people get too picky with how their horse is moving, too early on and it can sometimes inhibit the horse inclination for free forward movement.
Not saying this is you at all, just offering some friendly advice ;)
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Thanks for the advice. After re-reading my first post, it did make it seem that way and I apologize. He's a very forward boy and eager to work, so that's not a problem- however his trot is HUGE and is hard to get good timing to, but that will come once I get used to the way he moves. We've been using pylons for turning, and its working pretty good. Nothing too big yet, just trying to get a little more movement in his turns.
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