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post #11 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 10:54 PM
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There is a very big difference between wanting to trot but still walking and not being able to walk at all without hanging onto a horses mouth though.

When I take one of my geldings out, if he thinks he should be trotting or even cantering he will jig jog and attempt to break into a faster gait. I can very easily bring him back to walk without yanking at his mouth.

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post #12 of 15 Old 07-25-2013, 12:01 AM
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Originally Posted by NaeNae87 View Post
There is a very big difference between wanting to trot but still walking and not being able to walk at all without hanging onto a horses mouth though...
It is a training issue, and it sounds like the woman mentioned by the OP isn't interested in training. However, when we started trail riding, putting Mia in the rear was a good way to have a very fussy mare! She would do rollkur on her own...almost trotting in place, with her jaw against her chest...and slack in the reins. She was a pain in the rear emotionally, and a pain in my back physically.

With time, she has improved. She relaxes better in a curb, and I want to buy one with rollers to see if she will play with them. But on a trail, we normally take the lead, get about 100 yards ahead, do a 180, go back to the others, do a 180, and open up a lead again. She is the tallest, is all leg, and believes it is her job to take the point position: "the lead soldier/unit advancing through hostile or unsecured territory", which is how she views every trail everywhere.

She is vastly better than a year ago, and will now sometimes even lollygag in the rear. I used to have a rule with her: she could choose the pace, and I'd choose the direction. Want to go fast? Guess we're heading away from home or the other horses. Ready to walk? Lets go join the others. But we sometimes did 180s until I was exhausted!

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post #13 of 15 Old 07-25-2013, 03:51 PM
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I would not say half trained. Her horses are used to moving out. That is their normal.

My horses tend to have a big stride when they walk. I can do a lot of turning around so the other horse doesn't have to trot to keep up. I use it as a leg aid training session. I also serpentine and yes - stop sometimes. My horses are NOT half trained.

I have two horses, little Arabian/Welsh with tiny strides and an Arabian/Saddlebred with long strides. Both are very forward movers but with different stride lengths. I ride the Arab/Saddle and a friend will ride the Arab/Welsh. I am always having to hold back, turn in circles, half halt my horse so the other does not get left behind. Which I do happily, not a problem. When riding with others you need make clear the type of ride it will be and be courteous of the limitations of some riders or horses. Lots of etiquette involved
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going out alone or find a different riding partner would probably be best for you. Tugging on the bit is only going to cause problems, and since you are still training your horse you dont want caught in that accident waiting to happen. I use this little trick on a jiggy horse , take one rein, and tip the horses nose out , it is not comfy for them. soon as they walk, release. I just used my little finger to add the extra pressure to tip the nose out.
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Yep, so Im riding with someone else (for a while at least) who is also training a horse, so just walking for now.

I would have understood if she said something along the lines of "all this walking is too boring for me " it was just the statement "next time we have to go faster, walking is too hard on my horses mouth" that confused me.

Anyhow, thanks for your comments, just makes me more convinced Im doing the right thing teaching my boy the basics before we going tearing round the countryside!
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