I don’t have an actual arena I ride in. Normally training is done in our lane and or in the pasture and or our old garden area. I have attempted to get her going in the lane, and have got her in a lope, but by time I get her in it, I ran out of lane. She has loped like 6 strides with me and they are smooth and balanced. I would be hide another horse when I did this, but finding another rider isn’t always easy. If we get brakes on our truck, I want to haul her to our local trails where you is sandy, safe ground for miles where I normally use to get them in shape. Someone has told me it’s a bad idea to use another horse to train like this, but I have done it for years like this and never had a problem?
Let me try to think of my cues, it’s automatic now. When on the ground I get her trotting then start making like a kissing noise ( I guess that how you explain it) then I hit the ground behind her with the whip getting closer and closer to her. Does that make sense? I have also tried tapping her with the whip. I wondering if the noise of the bull whip with help? Should I try it or any different cues.
When I’m riding her, I trot her then make the same kissing sound and start squeezing with my legs, getting harder and harder until she can feel the spurs. (she is ridden in spurs a lot of times, because she trys to be bossy at times and needs the extra aid) I have tried tapping her shoulder or butt to get her to lope, cause I know horses respond in different ways. Any other ideas?
I will post some pictures of her. Now she is normally ridden in my western saddle, with a tie down and breast strap plus we are breaking her for the back girth. When I work on her loping I would take the tie down off to allow free movement of her head. She has a D-ring snaffle. The back girth has only been on a couple times, but normally it’s also is removed so she doesn’t have many new things at a time. I have left it on the last time to see if many she didn’t like the feel of the saddle. I could try one of our other saddles, but my niece moved her horse and now we only have my English saddle, my western and my dad’s two old heavy western saddles. I don’t have good enough balance to ride the English saddle if she goes crazy on me, but can in the western. I have rode western 12 years and English like 10 times. I know there is still a lot for me to learn in both areas.
Saddled and not happy but being tied. Also on a note this picture I took the breask collar off before I worked in and put a back strap on. I don’t know why I didn’t take a photo of her like that.
Her sitting tied
First ride on her at my place maybe. I had tons of layer on. So you can’t tell much from how I was sitting.
Does this saddle fit her better? It’s heavy and old so I don’t use it, unless someone is ridden my retired mare.
I will try to get better pictures if they will help?