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post #1 of 5 Old 01-25-2010, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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WOOP!!!!! any ideas

wow im soo excited my boyfriend has built a square low fenced ares for me to work furia!! has anyone got any ideas of what excersises i could try?? all i was doing yesterday was walking around the edge walking then at a trot (shes lazy and u have to keep telling her to trot lol) and doing figure of 8īs i want her to learn her paces better she doesnt really control her speed as yesterday for example i could not get her to canter she would just full on gallop lol this is the reason im working her now, also because when i want to go for a hack, she is very very crazy and my mum said i need to get her out of that state of mind before i evengo for the hack. she needs to asociate the saddle with work and a calm sense of mind.
so soz about the babble im just rather excited and cant wait to keep tryin new things with her!
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-25-2010, 02:11 PM
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work on half halts, get her to round out her back at the walk before you move on, the more relaxed she is the calmer she will be, I had to do this with my Thoroughbred for months.

If she is crazy on the trail, lunge her before you get on and work her in the pen before you take her out. A lot of horses will act completely different outside of the pen immediately, my horse did, so start slow, once she is calm and working inside the pen walk, trot and canter her round the pen, using it as a tool to get her to bend and round out and calm back down. it may take a week, it may take a month, get her used to calming down outside of the pen before you take her on the trail.

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I like doing flexing exercises before I head out on the trail. Flex laterally left and right then flex vertically at the poll. I do it on the ground then in the saddle.

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post #4 of 5 Old 01-26-2010, 03:54 AM Thread Starter
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wow thanks for the ideas i will definatley try them i will be back with progress!!!! lol if anyone else has any ideas please ket me know. right now im working on the most simple thing of all but shes so young and untrained its normal she doesnt change pace very well, i can get her in to trot but as soon as she gets bored i have to be edging her on alot and then trying to get canter well by the time she realises what i want her to do shes at the end of one of the sides hahahah but oh well have to be patient she has come along way since i got her :)
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Lots of circles, figures, changes of direction and lots of transitions. She should never go one entire circuit of the ring without you asking her for something to break it up.

Start out with lots of transitions in and out of the halt, and when she's a little calmer, work on walk/lenghtened walk/walk and developing three distinct speeds of trot: slow, regular and lengthened. Shortening and lengthening inside a gait is a very important skill for a trail horse; so they can match their pace to the rest of the ride without breaking gait or getting worked up.

You should also have three distinct speeds at the canter, but that's a little more advanced/difficult.
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