A Little Bit Of Everything? Hind Ends and Flying Changes
Okay, so my bestfriend is unable to get to the barn alot to ride her horse. She lets me ride him free of charge and he's a great little boy. I'm going to be showing in childrens (2'6'' or so)but I want to make sure that we can go into it with a chance of winning.
I only have a few things to ask:
He goes on the forehand alot, which isn't helping him balance what so ever so I've been trying to get him on his hind end more. What are some ways I can do this? (If anyone is planning on saying draw reins or side reins don't bother posting lol)
I've been working on lead chnges with him too (but im not gonna ask for the flying one until he is on his hind end and balanced^) so once we get to that milestone, how should i teach him that he needs to do them? I know how to ask for them, just not train them.
Gridwork gridwork gridwork! He has hanging knees which can get dangerous when we get back into the heavy duty jumping in the spring(or whenever the heck it gets warmer!) so do you guys have any gridwork exercises that work well for you? The tighter the knees the better!
HE IS LAZY. He doesnt seem to really get interested in anything as long as it is under 2'6''. Since it's the winter, that's all we've been going to spare their joints. Is there any way to get him interested in being ridden. When we do poles or anything he pays no attention to them and just storms through(it's quite the scene(: ) I don't want him to thing that riding is a horrible thing that he is tortured with almost every day.
The horse. Here is nobility without conceit, friendship without envy, beauty without vanity. A willing servant, yet never a slave.