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post #1 of 6 Old 01-19-2011, 11:00 AM Thread Starter
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Training a ride

I am having a hard time finding training for teaching a horse how to ride. I have done SO much groundwork and it has really paid off. He is better behaved than I ever thought he would be, except for those occasional relapses into toddler hood.

I can put the saddle and bridle on him. We have walked around a bit. How do I prepare him for the rest? And what exactly IS the rest? He will move with leg pressure but still doesn't listen well to the reins and I have to use a lot of leg to get him to turn and wait patiently for him to stop. Are their any resources you know of or ideas of what I need to do now?
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-19-2011, 11:34 AM
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Generally you want to start with lunging and ground driving (if you know how to do it). Once the horse is listening on the lunge, quiet, calm, and transitioning well then you think about getting on. To get on the first time, slap the stirrups around, put weight in them, put your foot in and make sure they are fine with that. Then get up and down (without getting on), then lay across their back. Then once they are standing fine for that then you gently get all the way on and make sure you don't fall onto their back.

Once you are on and riding then you want to do some bending exercises...get them used to moving around with you on them.

Here is a good link to some videos that may help you.

Horse Training with Chris Irwin | Horse Videos – Video Library
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He is fine with me being on him. He just doesn't think he needs to listen while I am up there! I love the Chris Irwin videos, and I guess I do need to start with the bending. Thanks.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-19-2011, 11:46 AM
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Ok, wasn't sure if you had been on him yet. Bending and softening him is the best place to start. I found those videos not to long ago and watched almost all of them...they are great and I love the way he explains things. Most of what he says I agree with whole heartedly.
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The more you work on bending and getting him used to the reins (takes time) a lot of times you want to try to keep him on the rail and just go around. push him into each corner so he has to stop at the fence and wait for you to turn him. remember to use your leg pressure with the reins in order to help him understand. try circles consistently into straight lines so he gets used to change of direction. When you trot around (once you get that far) keep it loose just with contact so he relaxes and can go around the outside of the ring. keep doing eventually with half halts to keep pace. in the beginning its may take a while for him to understand everything. but I hope this helps some. good luck
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Ground driving is the best way to practicing with a bit in a horse's mouth with the same feel of someone pulling the reins on their back. Try doing some lateral flexion both while you are on the horse, and before you get on. You could try doing exersises that teach that he has to give to pressure. Also, you might need to be a bit harder on a horse that's first starting out. It goes with giving to pressure. The pressure has to start out soft, then get harder.

I hope this helps a little bit. Pretty much as long as you don't try to lunge the crap out of him like most people do, then you should have a great chance at having a him trained well. Giving to pressure is a main key to a having a respectful horse.
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