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    06-15-2011, 03:04 AM
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Weanling
One of my biggest pet peeves!

So I was browsing through some friends facebook photos recently and in a good majority of them her horse was looking the opposite way of the way she was looking. Now, I have noticed this a lot in various peoples photos (in many places) and videos, and it drives me mad. Your horse should be looking in the direction you are going in, that is what I was always taught. Bending to the outside does not help keep your horse there! If anything it just drops the inside shoulder. I get yelled at pretty quickly by my trainer if my horse is looking the opposite direction of where we are going, on the flat or over fence, this has taught me to use my hands and legs together and more correctly. Am I just being picky or does this bother anyone else?
     
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    06-15-2011, 07:31 AM
  #2
Showing
What other people are doing is not my business as long as they are not abusive to the horse. I mean... I know lots of flows in myself (and my horses), so why to care about other people? It's better to concentrate and try to improve what I'm doing wrong. When I'll be perfect then I can judge other people. :)
     
    06-15-2011, 08:26 AM
  #3
Weanling
This bothers me too but I have learned that you can't control what anyone else does and to save your sanity it is best to just focus on yourself and not worry about others. There are a lot of bad riders out there with terrible habits but we can't make it our mission to fix everybody. Focus on making yourself the best rider you can and forget everybody else!
     
    06-15-2011, 09:08 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I am really bad about not caring where my horse is looking. Sure, I just ride trails and never had formal instruction, so that's probably why.

I do have a friend who will never let her horse turn it's head anywhere but straight ahead and the reason she gives is that the horse(s) are looking to spook if you let them do that. I haven't really found that to be the case. And that they aren't paying attention to you (which I'm sure is true). I try to pay better attention on the ground, with my yearling, that he isn't sight-seeing all the time, but for the adult horses I never even think about it. As long as the horse is going in the direction I want, I don't really pay a whole lot of attention to where the head is turned.

So I must be one of those annoying people.
     
    06-15-2011, 09:17 AM
  #5
Weanling
When a horse pops their outside shoulder (neck and head are inside but shoulder is not) you correct by taking more outside rein and addiing inside leg - so there are times when this is a correction which should be used.
     
    06-15-2011, 12:38 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
I am really bad about not caring where my horse is looking. Sure, I just ride trails and never had formal instruction, so that's probably why.

I do have a friend who will never let her horse turn it's head anywhere but straight ahead and the reason she gives is that the horse(s) are looking to spook if you let them do that. I haven't really found that to be the case. And that they aren't paying attention to you (which I'm sure is true). I try to pay better attention on the ground, with my yearling, that he isn't sight-seeing all the time, but for the adult horses I never even think about it. As long as the horse is going in the direction I want, I don't really pay a whole lot of attention to where the head is turned.

So I must be one of those annoying people.
All I do is trail riding and more than once I've ended up in situations where my horse looking somewhere other than where we were going pointed out a potential danger to me...to include animals and even hunters I didn't know. I've found that my horses spook less on the trail when they're able to look at big scary horse eaters as they pass than they do if I try to keep their attention on me and don't give them the chance to take a good look. When I ask for more attention on me I expect it, but I do let my horses relax and look around a bit while we're on the trail so long as they continue in the direction and at the pace I set. I do try to watch very closely where they're looking.
     
    06-15-2011, 12:55 PM
  #7
Weanling
What's even more scary is when the horse is watching where it's feet are going, but the rider is NOT! Now that's something to be worried about. I have a friend that "likes to ride" but she is FAAARRRR from a horse person and recently on a trail ride, nearly got many people hurt because SHE wasn't watching. Not one of the "gazer" horse, as I call them, were any trouble. As previously stated, don't sweat the small stuff that aren't your problem. If you don't want your horse looking away, that's cool, just don't worry about anyone else. Unless it's a safety issue as in the case of my friend... then rip 'em a new one.... =)

As for the spooking issue, I have found that making the horse face his fears and investigate the booger is usually a better tactic than making the horse ignore it and pay attention to you. You create a reactive horse when the horse is not allowed to find it's own level of comfort.
     
    06-15-2011, 03:34 PM
  #8
Weanling
Lol, I sometimes have this problem with my mare... she's a wiggle worm and can bend in four different direction at once while going in a straight line!I've gotten some pretty funny pictures... I do agree it is important to not encourage this, and we are working on bending and not dropping the shoulder to the left. She's rather green though, so I always hope people don't judge her too harshly. However, if the horse is just ignoring the rider and is capable of bending correctly, it would peeve me to see the horse ridden incorrectly! I don't judge horses I don't know, you never know how hard a person has worked to get as far as they are =)
     
    06-15-2011, 03:42 PM
  #9
Showing
There is a world of difference between a ring horse and a trail horse. I want my trail horse to be aware of everything going on around her - but I'd want my ring horse to be focused on my direction, not her own.
     
    06-15-2011, 03:50 PM
  #10
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There is a world of difference between a ring horse and a trail horse. I want my trail horse to be aware of everything going on around her - but I'd want my ring horse to be focused on my direction, not her own.
Completely agree on that.

My trainer also doesn't like it when the horse's head is not strait when riding. But when we stop and wait for another rider to finish, as long as the horse is not smelling the other horse, I don't mind if he/she turns his head a bit to look at something. I'll just vibrate my rein and remind him/her to not start dreaming and to remember I'm here and we're going to start working again soon.
     

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