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post #1 of 4 Old 10-02-2011, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Transition from ground work to riding?

I'm not to this point yet but am making a training plan and was curious how you transition for lunge work walk, trot, canter both directions and whoa by voice commands to riding using your leg pressure to walk forward and the bridle for steering?
I dont know if walk trot canter and whoa mean the same to the horse when your sitting on top of them squeezing with your legs....
Then teach the horse to go left and right with the bridle?!

Ive never trained a horse how to be ridden if that makes sense... I worked on a TB track all we did was run! Use a hot walker grooming feeding and cleaning stalls. So the teaching a green horse is new for me.
I know this could be a lengthy subject but any info would help.
Thanks Dawn
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-02-2011, 07:07 PM
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Get a coach or mentor to help you.

Please don't try to do it by watching youtube videos.

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I would also suggest getting a trainer to help you.

After you get basic groundwork down you start put a bridle on them and work the horse on the groundwork with a bridle on, but not putting pressure on his mouth. Then you start saddling the horse and lunging that way. After that you start ground driving to teach the horse what the bit means.

There are MANY things that can go wrong between in those steps so it is best that you get an experienced trainer to help you. I am currently training my 2 1/2 year old and it is VERY beneficial to have weekly lessons with my trainer to make sure I'm doing the right thing, give me a "lesson plan" for the week, and work out any kinks that I'm having with my horse.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-04-2011, 04:56 PM
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I would suggest having a trainer give you training lessons, as a coach.

But here are some tips: From lunging, you will have to go to ground driving in a halter, then in a bridle. Also, with just a halter and lead, teach the horse cues like backing, side pass, haunch and forehand turns. I always start by poking them behind where the cinch would be and hold the lead pretty tight, they should eventually move away from the annoying pressure by moving their hindquarters in the other direction.

Please, know what you're doing when you go to first bridle a horse! The mouth is a very sensitive thing. Also be careful because a horse may go over backwards when you first put pressure on the bit!

Then once they have the ground driving down at a walk/trot, then you can ground drive them with a saddle on (which you can start saddle "breaking" a horse at any time by getting them to let you put it on to them. You should have already lunged in a saddle at this point.)
The sacking out -- never forget that!
Then flop those saddle stirrups around on each side of your horse, let them take a step away if they must. Pat the seat of the saddle. Do half jumps by the horse. Do half jumps by the horse while patting the saddle seat. Put your toe in the stirrup and do half jumps. Stand with one foot in the stirrup while grabbing the saddle. Work your way into the saddle.

Training is a big thing that can ruin your horse if you don't know what you're doing. I would definitely reccomend getting a trainer to help coach you, (usually for the price of riding lessons) and read alll of the books you can on horses, horse sense, and training.
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