Originally Posted by Horsecents1997
He does not know how to pivot regular. I was wondering how can I teach this horse how to pivot.
What does 'pivot regular' mean? The way I teach, if I want a pivot on the HQ, I move my weight back, sort of to free up their forehand and use seat & outside leg on forward(& reins if nec) to tell them to move their forehand. Opposite for forehand pivot - lean slightly forward, use outside leg back to get them to move their HQ around.
Baby steps too. Only once the basics are down pat - the horse is reliably responding to soft signals to take 1-few steps with either hind or fore & keep the other quarters in place, would I begin to ask for gradually faster or more steps/whole circle for eg. Think of a good pivot as the 'university' goal, but you've got to work up to that, through kinder, primary & secondary classes.
Also: teaching nice backing. He knows how to back, but's it's not fluid or energetic. It's slow and resistant. Any suggestions?
First ensure there's not physical reason - eg. Saddle fit, locking patellas... etc - that he maybe can't do it easily. Then baby steps again. Set it up to make what you want as easy as possible for him - eg. Only one step for now - and reinforce that until it's easy & reliable before asking for gradually more.
And on a totally different note: Are all purpose English saddles forward seat?
Many saddles - of all types - are & don't allow for a well balanced seat.... or a really comfortable fit for the horse either.
Many saddles also sort of 'lock' the rider into a particular position. But English saddles aren't *generally* designed with this in mind IMO & good ones will allow you to be well balanced & also shaped/roomy enough to allow you to move about & change your position when so desired. I've found Balance International's website to have some great info on it re saddle design, balance, etc. I do personally disagree with their blanket opinion of Westerns or Stocks though - I don't believe they're necessarily bad any more than English types are necessarily good.