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    08-21-2009, 04:41 PM
  #11
Trained
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Originally Posted by RiosDad    
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.
     
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    08-21-2009, 04:51 PM
  #12
Yearling
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
     
    08-21-2009, 10:37 PM
  #13
Trained
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
     
    08-22-2009, 06:46 AM
  #14
Trained
A giraffe on crack would be AWESOME!!
     
    08-22-2009, 05:36 PM
  #15
Banned
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Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
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.
     
    08-23-2009, 08:39 PM
  #16
Trained
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. =|
     
    08-24-2009, 10:17 PM
  #17
Started
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!
     

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