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post #21 of 23 Old 11-09-2011, 09:09 PM
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Sorry, just now read the second page. I think what they mean is you want to sit correctly with your heel, hip, and shoulders all in one line but rather then rolling up on your pelvis like a hunter you want to sit deeper in the saddle, more like on your pockets. Back is still straight and shoulders are back but you are opening your pelvis and sinking into the saddle. It's hard to describe but you'll know it when you get it because it's a completely different feel.

I tend to roll forward on my pelvis when he gets up which is the opposite of what I should do. By sinking into your saddle you'll also find it easier to get him to use his rear-end rather then his front end.

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She was already trained when I got her but at that point had not been ridden in 5-7 years, then I just jumped on and went with it and she did great for me, then I had to move to Wyoming for a year and in that time she stayed with a friend who wanted her as a first horse for her 9year old daughter. I felt confident this family was a good match for DeeDee for that year and after returning to Oregon I reclaimed her and invited the the child to ride her one day, I was actually very sad about it and felt like my choice may have not been the best after all. She rode her so hard and so fast that she was pouring sweat, for a horse her age I didnt think it was a good thing to run her that hard. since then I havent let her ride DeeDee again. Today it occured to me that this is probably the reason why I am having this problem with her, I think the child just ran the daylights out of her. I do recall the child saying that DeeDee wasnt fast enough for her.

So today I gave it another try. I rode completely without gripping, extremely relaxed, positive energy, focused on my posture and we did manage to walk a little bit, more than usual, but it was still a battle. Every single time I loosen up the reins even a smidge she starts to trot again. The only way I could maintain a walk was to put constant pressure on the reins and I know this isnt how it should be. Also, whenever we turn any direction she automatically trots. Every time she would pick up speed I would slow her down, or do one rein pull circles, or stop her and back her up, then start a walk again. Ill keep at it.

I can definitely say that we are both improving in our communication and thats really a great feeling. Just need to practice, practice, practice!
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post #23 of 23 Old 11-10-2011, 09:43 AM
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Good motivation! :)

When you loosen the reins, she starts trotting? Then put pressure back on the reins till she walks, and then loosen then when she walks. It may just be for a split second, but keep this up and eventually she'll start to think "oh.. the reins get slack when I start to walk.. maybe I should walk more.." And make sure you distinguish what you want (walking) from what you don't want (strange jittery trot).

Keep it up!!
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