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    10-01-2010, 08:41 PM

So I went and rode my mare yesterday and we ran into some issues. I am hoping to get some tips...

So when I am riding her and ask for a trot she tosses her head and then she goes right into it.

When I apply leg she doesnt really respond but we are getting further than when I got her, and she does toss her head but this is mostly when I have leg on her. I have to squeeze and kiss to her alot and its tiring. I work with her on moving away from pressure on the ground and am trying to bring it with me in the saddle.

Sometimes when I ride around she well just stop and I just have to move the reins and pull her head around and then ask her to move on and we are able to walk on. She feels heavy on my hands. I haven't ridden her in a bit yet I am waiting for her teeth to get done so that way we wont have issues. We are scheduled for the 17th. I did lunge her with a bridle and bit and she was really quiet with the bit...

What should a sitting trot look/feel like. I have seen people ride it and they look great and just flow with there horse. When I do it I feel like I am jello and jiggling all over...I do know that my butt is sticking with the saddle and I know I've been told in the past I sit more in a chair seat. But I have improved and that is no longer the issue. I just wish I had videos to show because that would help.

There is other things but I can't think of them right know.
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    10-02-2010, 03:14 AM
If I remember correctly you are the same girl who asked about keeping weight on a TB. And so with this question and your previous one I would suggest you find a trainer. It is not a bad thing to be inexperienced and ask questions, in fact I think it is great, but at the same time I think you need help rather than asking questions here.

Your mare is doing what she has been taught, and that is the track. It is not her fault that she does not understand leg pressure as you would expect, she is just doing what she knows.

And you might not want to hear this, but you are not the one to teach her a different way, based on your previous question. Sorry, I know this is not what you want to hear, but you need some help. And we all do, it is not a matter of greatness, it is a matter of horses. Tiger Woods has a golf trainer.
    10-02-2010, 11:54 AM
I agree. Find a local trainer that can come out and give you and your horses lessons at least 2 times a week
    10-03-2010, 03:14 AM
So I am confused by you, in one thread you are asking about feeding a TB because you are out of hay, in another you are asking about how to perform a basic trot, and now you want to know about basic training.

I am worried for you and your horse, and I think your confidence might outweigh your ability. Please find a trainer for both you and your horse's safety.
    10-03-2010, 08:32 PM
I know how to ride. She just doesn't respond to the cues like horses I've ridden in the past. This thread has nothing to do with my other thread about feeding. So leave that out.. These are just questions jeez. I do have a trainer and I just saw her a few days ago and had a good talk with her. HELLOOO in one thread I asked about how to improve the trot when the horses stride feels shorter I was not asking how to trot....

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