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post #1 of 44 Old 11-13-2010, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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The HOW TO thread

Well i was thinking on starting a How To Thread. To explain as best as i can; I was thinking we Horse Forum members take in turn and post our most usefull and helpfull training excercises. Whatever discipline of your choosing! They all have methods that help! I am really open to learning new ways and my experment Topline-How To thread i got great feedback! So here is the major one, combined! Each week I personaly will post a training exercise either being a warm-up, all the way to and advanced manauver or jumping "even" in hand exercisises! ( I do english, but i would love for some western people to be involved!). I will put it into easy steps with diagrams, I will also state the difficulty of the excersise through how many stars*, Also feel free to post in between my posts, more the merrier! I would also love to hear results, on how it worked or your opinions on it ect!! BUT THIS THREAD IS NOT TO START ATTACKING OTHER PEOPLES TRAINING METHODS!!

This is just an Idea, it may or may not take off i just thought if we could get a thread full of "the horse worlds" training aids it would have some major effects on styles of training! And not forget a bundle of knowledge crammed together!!!

Well just to kick of I will Start off with:

KEY: *-Beginner **-Intermediate ***-Advanced

LESSON 1- The 2 L's (Long & Low) *

Benefits: This Exercise alternatively lengthens & shortens your horses topline while keeping him very dynamic in the gait. It is useful for placid horses & less valuable for the impulsive horse who tense when the tempo changes.
How to Ride-
1. Begin at a foward working trot with a nice even rythm, works best on a 20 mtr circle.
2. Create a soft contact with your horse in a collected working frame.
3. Continue on the circle, progressively lengthen the reins and drive your horse forward in to a brisk, energetic trot. Really push the trot out, aim for the big moving forward strides. Preperation is the key. Once established this foward trot then move on to the next step, although your horse has to stay sensible and responsive at all times. Take as long as it gets to get your horses attention.
4. Ride this circle once keeping the same tempo and maintaining the longer frame with forward trot.
5. Little by little shorten the reins to regain the collected frame whilst continuing to push out the trot.
6. Ride twice around in the collected frame to mix it up. You donít want your horse expecting your next move. Repeat this exercise several times on both directions.
7.End on a good note, even if you dont finish the exercise if you simply get a nice soft trot you asked for. Be happy!
Keep in Mind:
It may take time for some horses to comprehend this exercise let alone get the rhythm to it. (Some horses will automaticly put there head low others will star gaze but treat this exercise the same and you should end up riding your horses head down.) Slowly and surely with persistence, kind training and a soft hand they will begin to enjoy swinging from their hindquarters and blowing through their nose. Give your horse time to relax into the work. As you ask for your horse to extend visualize driving your horse into the forehand by your seat. The topline should represent open and closing. Remember fast and slow is not the issue, it is maintaining the tempo and balance. If you persist with this exercise not only will your horses muscles improve, but you will have a responsive, supple horse.
Collected/Working frame
Long & Low frame
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20 mtr Circle

Do you think its worth a go? Start posting!!

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post #2 of 44 Old 11-13-2010, 07:25 AM
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I liked how you explained that :)
Are there any exercises to help to get a steady tempo?
Or will that exercise help with it as well
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Thanks! :) I tried to do simplify it as much as i could.
It should help with keeping a steady tempo, if you use half halts that will help guide your horse during this.

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post #4 of 44 Old 11-13-2010, 05:20 PM
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This is a good idea. I'll share how I teach horses speed and cadence control on a loose rein; what I commonly refer to as 'teaching them to move with their brakes on'.

1: Make sure that the horse is far enough along in their training to be comfortable at all 3 gaits and has a decent stop.

2: Start out at the walk, either on the trail or in an arena, circles or lines, doesn't really matter. Walk for a few strides, stop, back them a few steps, then let them sit for a minute. Ask for the walk again.

3: Keep on repeating this until the horse is quick to stop and backs softly with their head down and breaking at the poll.

4: Then move up to the trot and repeat: trot, stop, back, sit, trot, stop, back, sit. This will help them learn to regulate their own speed and give them that nice easy jog.

5: Move up to the lope and repeat again. Consistency is key, every few strides you need to stop them and back them up.

6: Once they have started to get the idea and are becoming consistent about rating themselves, you can slow down on the teaching and move up to the correction stage. Just start stopping them and backing them up if they change their speed or raise their head.

7: This method is most effective if done for the last 10 or 15 minutes of every ride, when the horse's mind is most focused. Some catch on after just a few sessions and others needs quite a bit of time before they realize what you are trying to teach them. Most importantly, don't move up in gaits until they are consistent, soft, and smooth at the slower gait.

Not only wil this help them learn to control their own speed, but it will also teach them to stop on their butt, round into the bit at the stop, and stop hard. They will also generally start to have a more consistent level topline.

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Thanks!! That exercise is just what ive been looking for, Go and woah!!! I will deffinatley riding it today! :)

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post #7 of 44 Old 11-13-2010, 10:33 PM
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I am deffinatly going to try that Smorbs :) thats great advice
I really wish I had some exercises to share but I don't
And I am subscribing as well
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Trust issues? helpful hints!!

Most of the time horses wont trust there owner or rider just because they arent on the same level as each other. I teach my students all the time every horse you ride, every horse is different, everyone learns differently. Each one has a different tempo whether its their walk or how they warm up. As a rider you need to adjust your riding to meet theres. If you dont you will never trully click together as horse and rider should. Every horse rides different over time you will find how your riding style and theres began to mix.

Another key thing is trust. Without it that partnership is worht nothing, I dont spoil my horses with treats or anything special. But I may be the most rewarding person I know. You will hear me in the arena if my horse does well!

All starts with basics!! Dont rush anything! everything takes time!

Join Up technic, I am sure you have heard of it, everyone learns it different. A horse has one true instict fight or flight, and they most commonly are flight animals. In Join up you pull this instict of flight out. You become the predator in the arena, but also a equal.

1) Get a easy clip on clip off lung line and halter.
2) Find a round pen away from everything, just let it be you and your horse.
3) Walk to the middle, DONT MAKE ANYMORE EYE CONTACT once you reach the middle, un clip the line and wrap the lung line up (like when you wrap around your hand elbow) and just hold it in your none dominat hand. Send your horse away from you make him trot/canter
4) Keep your shoulders square with his/hers, keep him/her moving traveling on the outside of the circle. Slap the lung line against your legs if you need too, but dont lash it towards them. Cluck to them if you want to keep them moving.
5) Once they have completed 3-5 circles in one direction, step in square up, raise both hand and step in the opposite direction sending your horse that way.
6) Take your self back to the center and square up keep your horse moving at all times even when you changed directions, dont let them slow down to a walk or stop. do about 3-5 circles again. and swtich directions
7) Now for the fun part let your horse do 1 full circle switch directions, do another full circle in that new direction switch again, keep this up for another 2 times
8) Now keep them moving do half circles keep switching directions, keeping your shoulders square and no key contact.
9) Watch there ears lock onto you at least one it means they are looking at you, let them slwo down to a walk wait for their head to drop and the lips to move,
10) slowly bring your arm around your belly one thats not holding hte lung line, ball ur hand into a fist, they should stop, but dont ask them to stop, if they dont stop take a step towards them. slowly turn ur shoulders away walk to middle, and wait, if they dont follow you turn around and invite them again. if they dont respond repeat the season with them again. (which is rare)
11) once they have walked up to you turn around again DONT MAKE EYE CONTACT! and give them a good rub forhead neck ext. and clip on the line and walk out the pen.

CONGRATULATIONS! you have made a trust bond with your horse that will last forever, keep this up if you want i do it atleast every month. Its a good exersice also! This join up techinque is the one that my father taught me, there are differnt ones out there. But this is one that works for me.

Another hint, if your horse does well let him now, not 4 minutes later within 3 seconds, *secret for in the arena and your hrose is dong awesome *THINK HAPPINESS AND JOY and anything that makes you feel proud of yourself! your horse will feel it! and know they are doing well!

Patience is always rewarding in the end
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I think this is a good idea. Keep in mind that it is not a critique thread so instead of comments like "that's wrong and dangerous" you should try I'm glad that works for you but this is how I do it because...".

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