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post #1 of 11 Old 08-19-2009, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Training progression question

This is probably a stupid question. But here goes anyways.

What are the steps you use to train your horse? Ex. You have a green horse (knows how to go, stop, turn with reins). What do you do next? I ask because I'm a little lost with where to go with Soda. I think if I have a general plan (no timeline) it will help me to stay on track. Unfortunately I cannot swing a trainer, so I'm doing this all myself. Right now I find myself working on one thing... then switching to another... then another.. then back to the original. So I need a game plan if you will.

My end goal with him is an all-rounder for myself and possibly at some point a learner for my neice. Next summer I will be starting lessons (assuming I find a job when I graduate). I'm leaning towards dressage/jumper (just low levels with him, unless he excels) and some speed events for fun (barrels, poles, maybe cowboy mounted shooting). Maybe I'm asking too much of him? LOL, alright sorry this is so dis-jointed. Its been one of those weeks.

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-19-2009, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Or if anyone had any good books/DVD suggestions that would help me on the dressage path that would be great. I'm broke though so nothing expensive please.
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$20 Build a Better Athlete. It has (I think) 20 exercises in it that will help you build the necessary and balance and muscle basics that you and your horse will need to progress into whichever discipline you choose. I found it very helpful for suppling my horse.

Basically with young horses, your goal is to get them balanced and build up the proper muscles so they can use themselves effectively. Let your horse tell you each day what to work on. Sometimes they're stiff, their transitions stink, they're nutty, etc. Whatever he gives you day to day, that's what you work on. If you can get him out on trails, that will go a long way toward building up the muscle he'll need to do proper flat work and jumping.
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-20-2009, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, I will check the book out. Right now I've been working on getting him used to being ridden again, trying to figure out moving off my leg/seat, and trying to work on my seat, but I've been at a loss about what else to do or what some exercises are to work on... He's 8 so he isn't really a "young" horse, but in terms of training he definitely is, so hopefully the book will have some helpful exercises. It gets a little confusing with all of the different trainers out there and everyone I know does things completely different!
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I have this book, it's fun and lets your horse experience different things, rather than just doing the same old boring stuff everyday:
http://www.amazon.com/101-Arena-Exercises-Ringside-Guide/dp/088266316X

This looks interesting as well: http://www.amazon.com/Building-Your-Dream-Horse-Foundation/dp/0764579150/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250782274&sr=1-4

Otherwise, there are likely different books/videos on Amazon that describe training techniques for different riding styles, like these:

http://www.amazon.com/101-Reining-Tips-Training-Showing/dp/159228860X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250782274&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.com/101-Jumping-Exercises-Horse-Rider/dp/1580174655/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250782353&sr=1-4

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this is also a good book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Richard-Maxwell-Trains-Young-Horse/dp/0715327992/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250782662&sr=1-1
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post #7 of 11 Old 08-24-2009, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys I'll look into those books! We'll be working all fall and doing a lot of groundwork this winter (as well as slow trail rides) to get a good foundation on him for next spring/summer when I would like to start lessons.
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I have the 101 Arena book and found it quite helpful when I was without a trainer. It's a ring binder and I had a nail up on the wall where I hung the book for reference while I was riding.
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Do you think it would be useful without an actual arena? I'm working in an oddly shaped paddock and a very large square pasture. Besides road/trail work that is. During the winter it is very difficult/dangerous to ride faster then walk/trot due to the ice everywhere (ate least if it does the melt/freeze thing like last winter) so I will be focusing on slow work. Which I think is important... right?
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I would think even if your area is odd shaped it wouldn't really matter. You could mark off your area with some traffic cones or poles and pretend there's a wall or fence.

I liked the book because it gave you a start and end with instruction how to get there. Cherry Hill books are very well written. I don't think it matters where your doing it, ring or field.
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