What are some good exercises to improve balance at the canter? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 17 Old 08-21-2009, 05:41 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 5,455
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by RiosDad View Post
Lots and lots of circles in an arena teaches the horse balance. In the beginning I would ask for the lope and then just hold it around and around, large circles, small circles but constantly circling. First left and then right to work both sides equally.
I would disagree with that. Transitions develope balance not circles. Changing direction and speed will help more with balance than endless circles and won't result in a bored horse or rider.
kevinshorses is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 17 Old 08-21-2009, 05:51 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: NJ
Posts: 852
• Horses: 3
I agree, circles do not force balance. Neither does going slow--SLOW does not make a horse collected, but a collected horse CAN be slow. Only goes one way. ;)

Your horses must have very tense backs if you NEVER ask for a lope from a trot. o.O

Dressage in Jeans - My blog with dressage tips for happy, relaxed horses, specifically for those who ride dressage in western saddles, no saddles, cowboy boots, or jeans. ;) Also now with cute pygmy goat pictures! :P
mayfieldk is offline  
post #13 of 17 Old 08-21-2009, 11:37 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Posts: 6,634
• Horses: 2
I think what RiosDad does works for him and his horse, which is great, but I personally wouldn't give out his advice to anyone else. It just seems like it would be such a nuisance to be going along the trails at a good trot, and when you decide you want to canter, you have to walk again. I'd rather just start cantering. o_O

I really like mayfieldk's post. It was very informative. =] I do think you can improve the canter while at the canter, by doing things like spirraling, and collected, then extended, etc, but I don't think you can improve much without first having a great walk and trot. I also think circles can improve balance, but not endless circles. When my horse gets goofy in the trot, I can throw her in a 10m circle and by the last half, she's underneath herself again, and not running around like a giraffe on crack. o_O

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
riccil0ve is offline  
post #14 of 17 Old 08-22-2009, 07:46 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Northern Utah
Posts: 5,455
• Horses: 1
A giraffe on crack would be AWESOME!!
kevinshorses is offline  
post #15 of 17 Old 08-22-2009, 06:36 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: ontario, canada
Posts: 1,566
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by riccil0ve View Post
I think what RiosDad does works for him and his horse, which is great, but I personally wouldn't give out his advice to anyone else. It just seems like it would be such a nuisance to be going along the trails at a good trot, and when you decide you want to canter, you have to walk again. I'd rather just start cantering. o_O
I have a good sense of pace. Also if you ride with anyone else nothing is more annoying then a leader that speeds up , slows down. It makes for a bad ride for those following you. If you have a horse that breaks his trot while going down hill the next horse breaks too etc etc until the last guy finds himself either flying along or running into the back of the horse in front. A horse that holds pace, doesn't slow up going up hill, doesn't speed up going down makes a good leader.
Horses bouncing back and forth are annoying.
I will pick a nice lope and hold it for 45 minutes or a hour. I dont' bounce back and forth between the trot and lope.. I take corners, go through ditches, cross paved highways all without breaking the lope. My horse has this sense of pace built into him too. If we are trotting he will hold that trot until told to walk and not before. If loping he again holds without any reminders. His sense of pace.
RiosDad is offline  
post #16 of 17 Old 08-23-2009, 09:39 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Posts: 6,634
• Horses: 2
That's really isn't the same thing though. I can keep my horse at whatever speed of trot I want her at, and if I want her to canter, we just start cantering. Nor do I feel the need to let her trot super fast, because it just isn't as comfortable to ride to. It's easier to canter. And I say that because you've said before you wanted to push your horse in the trot without breaking into canter.

Like I said, your system works for you and it's great, I don't mean to bash on it. It just doesn't make sense to me, or my style of riding I guess. I don't mean to get all in your face about. =|

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
riccil0ve is offline  
post #17 of 17 Old 08-24-2009, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pensacola, FL
Posts: 2,245
• Horses: 1
Woah, thanks for all the replies. I left for vacation after my post had been up for a few days with NO replies. I didn't check on it for a week and when I came back there were 15. So sorry for not responding until now.

I have some great ideas now. Thanks everyone!
CloudsMystique is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Exercises you can do at home to improve your seat? Jessabel English Riding 11 10-19-2009 08:58 PM
Good exercises for building muscle? AussieDaisyGirl Horse Training 4 06-12-2009 08:24 PM
Good Exercises for a Supple Dressage Horse Skippy! Dressage 15 06-07-2009 02:04 PM
Good Exercises? jchunterjumper Jumping 12 04-12-2009 06:05 PM
How's this for good balance? RedHawk Horse Videos 7 06-22-2008 09:56 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome