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  • Squeezing no longer slows my horse down

 
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    01-12-2011, 10:38 PM
  #21
Foal
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Originally Posted by Gidji    
Hmm its kinda hard to give proper advice from just one photo, but I'll try my hardest! You've got a really light seat there, and I'm assuming you're trying to stop him? Even if you're not, I'd like to see you sitting deeper in the saddle. Its important to also be realistic about what you want from him. He looks like a lovely big fella, so don't expect a full on WP lope.

First of all, use your voice. A nice slow eaaasy might get him to drop it down a a little bit. If he doesn't sit deep and use half halts until you feel him beginning to slow. However, don't let him break gait. Use half halts last, as it might confuse him and only use them as you feel necessarry.
umm, i'm not sure, I don't think I was trying to stop him (it was a while ago it was taken) but when I ask for a stop I sit super deep and take my legs right off his sides so I don't think that's what I was doing.actually I guess the picture is kindove decieving, he is only 14.3 HH but he gets quite built when he is ridden regularily. But i'm not looking to get a full on WP lope, I just want to be able to slow him down a bit and be able to rate his speeds better. Thank you for the advice, I will pay more attention to those things when I am out next.`

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Originally Posted by gottatrot    
In the video though I assume you are not trying to lope because you're jumping, right?
haha, no I wasn't going for a lope I just thought so you could get an idea of his gate because it really doesn't change a whole lot.but I am trying to get the other video going but again in this one I was not really trying to get him to slow down in this particular video
     
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    01-12-2011, 10:46 PM
  #22
Foal
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Originally Posted by dashforcache    
i did do the whole lungeing thing with him but without the side reins. But I will try the transitions on the circles. Thank you
without side reins its kinda of pointless, as he's not haveing to balance... but good luck!
     
    01-13-2011, 01:16 AM
  #23
Foal
Usually if a horse is fast in the canter it is because he or she is lacking balance and strength. Horses tend to go fast because they cannot slow down without breaking gait. I would suggest spending time(quite a bit) loping your horse.

You must also ask your horse to do proper transitions into the lope. Do not allow your horse to run into the lope. If you ask your horse to lope and it runs into it, start over. It does not matter how many times you have to correct it, as long as you keep patient. Eventually your horse will realize there is nothing to be in a hurry about. If your horse knows its cues, I like to ask from the walk. It seems to help them learn to lift up into it. If your horse is super lazy or green you may have to try trot to lope first.

Something that I have learned recently is to not punish or kick your horse back into the canter if it breaks gait. It just rattles them and rarely gets you anywhere. Bring them back to a good working walk or trot rebalance and try again.

Do not try to hold your horse into the canter with your leg. Cue them into then leave them alone. It is ok to bump them to encourage them to move out, but don't try to hold them in it it just ties up your leg and discourages them from breathing.
Also resist holding your horse back with the reins especially for pleasure. Pick up contact leverage your seat against it(half halt) and let them mess up again.

Hope this helped.
     
    01-13-2011, 02:00 AM
  #24
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Jdanny

Top notch post!!!
     
    01-13-2011, 11:24 AM
  #25
Foal
Thanks everyone for the suggestions!jdanny, when I ride him western I definitely do ride on a loose rein. I like to keep off his face as much as possible. And now that he is light on my leg and im not constantly holding him in the gate with my legs he seems to be getting it more. Nobody ever explained it to me like this in all my years of riding but like you said doug finally explained to me in a similar way, when you always have your leg on him he can't expand his ribs properly making it more difficult to breath making it harder for him to move out properly, creating him to refuse a jump because he can't expand his ribs, ect. All my life i've been told "sqeeuze, leg, push, keep your leg on" ect ect. And this is why he gave me the excersise to lighten him up.i also got a chance to ride some of his studs and it's amazing what they manage to do and how light they are. So thank you for that. I am working on his lightness and keeping my leg off when he does what I ask as well I have been working on picking up the lope from the walk and most of the time he gets it but sometimes he still tries to get the trot then lope instead of straight into it. Thank you
     
    01-14-2011, 02:28 AM
  #26
Foal
I think its great you are making progress...

Dont feel alone. Squeezing to hold on/stay on was a huge teaching trend in riding. I have parents of my 4-H ers tell their kids to squeeze their legs and I have to politely correct them
I began riding jumpers and I was taught to squeeeeeeze. Ugh. I used to get so tired riding because I was constantly squeezing. Not to mention a huge list of problems that came with it. Several years ago I started taking lessons again myself and I was given the golden nugget, stop squeezing. It was very helpful.
Good luck and great job seeking help for you and your horse. Good luck this year.
     
    01-14-2011, 06:46 PM
  #27
Foal
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Originally Posted by jdanny21    
Dont feel alone. Squeezing to hold on/stay on was a huge teaching trend in riding. I have parents of my 4-H ers tell their kids to squeeze their legs and I have to politely correct them
I began riding jumpers and I was taught to squeeeeeeze. Ugh. I used to get so tired riding because I was constantly squeezing. Not to mention a huge list of problems that came with it. Several years ago I started taking lessons again myself and I was given the golden nugget, stop squeezing. It was very helpful.
Good luck and great job seeking help for you and your horse. Good luck this year.
thanks it seems to be a common thing in jumpers, that's what I started out doing and was always told to squeeze and it's counter productive. The way doug explained it to me for jumping was when the horse is in the take off it needs to really expand it's ribs but if your squeezing it can't do that so it has a difficult time going up and over...which can create refusals. Thank you for your help and I hope this trainer sticks around for a while at our barn because he is very intuitive. He see's things in horse and rider that make you think "how did he know that?i didn't even think he could see or that leg" or whatever. Thanks for the luck, I hope we do well this year i've owned him for 6 years and this will only be his second year showing in his whole life.
     

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