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post #1 of 7 Old 12-20-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Next step in my horses training?

This is my first real project horse and I'm just wondering where to take her from here.
She's rising 8 year old and I've had her for about 7 months now, we've worked completely from scratch as she's had no prior schooling that I know of!

So far we've achieved nice contact, she responds well to my aids, she's working in a good frame and shes maintaining it through walk/trot/canter, with a nice working trot.

What should I move on to next? I'm worrying about pushing her too far at an early stage, I don't want to ask too much of her :/

Any suggestions on what I should be bringing into our training now? As I said, shes my first project horse and I'm not too sure where to go from here.

thanks :)

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-20-2010, 12:31 AM
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Lateral work and lots of it! Along with pivots and backing. :) If the horse is balanced in all three gaits, also maybe start up some counter canter work.
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post #3 of 7 Old 12-20-2010, 10:38 PM
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What discipline are you looking to pursue? Dressage is the basics of just about everything, so anything like lateral work and that type of stuff will be great for her. If you're looking to do jumping, I would start her over ground poles, and small X rails asap! don't worry about form and technique too much, more just get her confident going over. Then get her walking through water, puddles etc. Anything scary like tarps, or wind, get her exposed. Hope that helps!

Btw, to set your mind at ease, you aren't going to ruin her or do anyhting wrong. Just you're doing a great thing asking for advice. Kudos to you!
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post #4 of 7 Old 12-20-2010, 11:23 PM
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The next thing I would do is teach her to move off the leg slightly, not yeilding but she should move off your leg to make a circle bigger or smaller etc :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 12-21-2010, 02:46 AM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone :) today we did some cross poles and she didn't even take a second look at them! And will definitely be doing some more lateral work in the future, thanks a lot :)

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-21-2010, 02:49 AM
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What discipline are you looking to pursue? Dressage is the basics of just about everything, so anything like lateral work and that type of stuff will be great for her. If you're looking to do jumping, I would start her over ground poles, and small X rails asap! don't worry about form and technique too much, more just get her confident going over. Then get her walking through water, puddles etc. Anything scary like tarps, or wind, get her exposed. Hope that helps!

Btw, to set your mind at ease, you aren't going to ruin her or do anyhting wrong. Just you're doing a great thing asking for advice. Kudos to you!

This, I was going to say this but less well, for everything I would introduce ground poles.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-21-2010, 03:50 AM
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When I'm starting on lateral work, I squeeze it into our warm-up or cool-down time. Providing that the horse is calm enough to allow it, I'll give them a long rein and practice moving completely off of leg and seat aids. Doing serpentines, figure eights, going across the diagonal and so on with as little rein direction as possible will really set her up for a smooth transition into the more formal lateral work moving off of your leg and seat.
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