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        07-29-2007, 11:43 AM
    New to training aspect

    Good morning 8) ,

    I'm new to this forum so I would like to introduce myself. I am 22 years old and my first QH that I've personally owned will be 2 years old this September.

    I have riding experience but that riding experience needs work as I don't know lot of leg cues techniques that I'd like to use. All of the horses I have ridden in past never have used leg cues expect for forward movement and turning. I've read a lot since then and loved the idea of not relying so heavily on reins and rely on touch instead!

    I brought my horse when he was 7 months old, I worked with him to lead and now lately I have been working with my horse in round corral and the outdoor arena - lunging, backing up and turning. He can be saddled without being tied up. I just started to ride him very lightly, only 3 times so far (NO TROTTING YET!) I do this for no more than 30 minutes around the arena. I do this no more than twice a week. Oh, he has only rope halter on him and I always make sure that I don't pull too hard. I want him to respond to the lighest touch possible. I give him release from pressure as reward. If I am to put a bit on him, it probably would be a D-ring snaffle.

    Well, I think that will be all for the introduction... here's the question!

    Where can I find the information about leg cues? Is there any good book I can read and refer to while I am working with my horse. I want to be sure that I am teaching my horse the correct cues and be responsive.

    Ah, I've seem to see a lot of posts about taking riding lessons.... No, I have never personally taken riding lessons with a trainer but I learned how to ride with a friend who have taken riding lessons.

    Enough rabbling!! Let me know what ya all think about what I'm doing.
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        07-30-2007, 10:52 PM
    No feedback?
        07-30-2007, 11:32 PM
    What exacely do you mean? Like coming off the leg or something? Could you be more clearer? Sorry .. im blonde
        07-31-2007, 02:50 PM
    I had to reread what I said regarding leg cues

    I wanted to make sure that I have remembered correctly from readings... when you are turning the horse to left, you will use your right leg to tap on his side (outside leg)... is that right?

    Is there other leg cues could be used aside from turning and forward movement?

    I pretty much want to know every leg cue and any of other touch cue that can be used. I want to be with the norm so that way if anybody else rides my horse, they can use the general cues and still get the same response to that cue.

    I hope all of this made sense :p
        07-31-2007, 04:20 PM
    Will you one day be selling this horse? Or will it always be yours? Answering this may help me a bit.
        07-31-2007, 08:57 PM
    He will always be mine. I've promised myself and my horse that I will never sell him. This is one of the reason why I got a young horse at my age so I can have a horse to grow with.

    I want him to be rideable by the others.
        07-31-2007, 10:15 PM
    What do you plan on doing with him? Any competitive sports? Trail?
        07-31-2007, 11:13 PM
    For now, I want him to be a trail horse. Eventually, I'd like for him to pull a light carriage. I don't know about competitive sport, that isn't really likely. All I know is that I want a responsive horse.

    Anything else Kristy? I don't mind answering your questions at all.
        08-01-2007, 05:20 AM
    Good. =) I hoped I wasn't annoying you.

    It depends really. Technically, if you do not want this horse to be a specific type of performance horse, want to show him or do anything particular, you can train him how you want. However, you do take a higher risk for how well he sells IF that should ever happen in the future. You never know, I hope it doesn't. And by that, I mean by training this horse your way instead of for at least one particular sport, you lower his appeal to most buyers. This does not make him any less of a wonderful horse, but generally, most buyers are looking for something specific.

    Anyway, I personally am a dressage rider. I believe dressage riding can be incorporated into any discipline. However, dressage riding can be much more difficult and very time consuming. Many people would rather not fool with so many details and just go trail riding or yeehawing around. It just really isn't for some people, and that's ok.

    With all of that said, my next question - would you prefer simplified, easy riding with little hassle and little attention to detail, or riding that was more meticulous and the training was much more time consuming?
        08-01-2007, 08:54 AM
    Oh! Dressage! I always have thought they are beautiful sport! I don't know if my horse is built for dressage.

    Heh, if you knew me... you would have answered your own question.. I'm big on details. :P I don't mind time consuming at all. I have the time in the world. I'm going to keep this horse forever (BETTER HAPPEN).

    Let me clarify something... when I am training my horse with details, can I still go out on trail ride even though I'm not quite done the details with him? I would suppose you need a base foundation before adding something new to the horse's knowledge?

    Well, suppose I'm on a relaxing, quiet trail ride I don't want to have to constantly keep contact with him. I want him to keep going straight until I tell him otherwise. If I decide to play (barrell racing around trees or something like that!) around whereever I am on a trail ride, I want him to be responsive as well. I hope this helps.

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