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post #1 of 7 Old 10-10-2010, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Riding horse while some ones leading

My horse is not exactly broke to ride. But you can ride him while some ones leading him. Is this a good idea? Will it effect him later on when we teach him to ride with no one leading him?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-10-2010, 11:43 AM
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I think its a good idea. As long as your wearing a helmet. Do you have a bridle on him? Would be good while your sitting there to teach him turns. Have you had someone try to lunge you while riding?
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I think its a good idea. As long as your wearing a helmet. Do you have a bridle on him? Would be good while your sitting there to teach him turns. Have you had someone try to lunge you while riding?
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No I have not tried lunging him while someones riding him. I didn't know if it was a good Idea or not.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-10-2010, 12:17 PM
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Yes it's actually a good idea to have someone help you like that. It makes the cues very clear to the horse, because they have what they know (the person leading/lunging them) supporting what they don't know (the person on their back). Ask him to turn, and have the person on the ground reinforce what you're asking. Pretty soon you can take the person away and the horse will have a good idea of what's expected. However if you just sit there like a pony ride, the horse won't learn anything, lol.

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I usually don't have anyone to lead me when I start a horse but there are a lot of people who do use it and like it. I can't imagine that it would be that big of a deal to transition from being led to riding on your own.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-10-2010, 12:42 PM
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My horse is not exactly broke to ride. But you can ride him while some ones leading him. Is this a good idea? Will it effect him later on when we teach him to ride with no one leading him?
It is a good idea with a new horse, or a new rider on a broke horse. In either case the rider should have control with a bridle and reins in hand, and the leader with a lead rope. I find it especially good for broke horse and green rider...so they get to learn how to control the horse and get to feeling comfortable. My horses are a little spunky so I feel better having the lead. A horse will still look to you as their comfort zone with you standing close by, and won't get so antzy with the new rider on.

Even when I'm riding with a new rider on two horses...us each having our own horse (both my horses), the horse with the new rider won't go in front of me. They still feel safer with me in front. Until they get comfortable with new leadership.

Anyway, my two cents worth. Maybe a little unrelated.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-10-2010, 12:53 PM
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We do this every time we start a colt. It starts with laying over them and being led, to finally swinging a leg over and being led while astride. Then it goes to the person on the endof the line is just there for an emergency, say the horse checks out... to finally unclipping and being there as extra motion support should the rider need it.
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