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    01-03-2012, 10:49 PM
Green Broke
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Hi all, so I would really like to work on getting my pony strong and flexible again, he is very tight ing the shoulder (trying to buldge out to the left alot) and his lower back is still pretty tight, he is a young green and very very sensitive horse I don't want to just throw him back into work and have him get worked up and his anxiety to come back (he was pretty hyped up and nervous at the first barn) now is lazy and relaxed but don't want to throw him off.

Here is what I plan on working on him with, keep in mind I don't feel he is ready to start cantering yet, not balanced enough or enough energy level to really work on anything besides forward into the canter.

*Transtions, walk halt, halt walk, walk trot and trot to walk
*Figure eights

Right now that is really all I can think of. In my lesson on Friday my trainer had us start shoulder in and haunches in, this I wasn't getting at all.....neither was Oliver so it w very frustrating, I really felt he wasn't ready for that as his first ride back into real work. I love my trainer and respect h but I think she forgets Oliver is so green.

Maybe if someone on here could really explain both of these things and how to go about correctly doing them, ESP with a green horse. Am I right to think that's to much of an expectation for me to ask of him at this stage? Are there steps to get up to shoulder/hunches in.... So it's not like I'm just hitting him so thing so new and challenging. He just wasn't getting it what so ever, he would do a step or two but I real feel he had no clue what it was he was supposed to do....both at walk and trot.

Any suggestions and advice would be very much appreciated!

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    01-03-2012, 10:54 PM
I don't even know haunches in or shoulder in.. those are more advanced lateral movements. Honestly you should be starting leg yields first in my opinion.

I would add circles to your list and keep the sessions short for now :)
    01-04-2012, 12:25 AM
Green Broke

Tha ks, yeah he's getting worked 25 minutes under saddle give or take a few minutes depending on how progressive it goes. He also is getting lunged with side reins before I get on for about 10 minutes each way, he gets a break before I get on, lots of walk and stretching down, then once we go into trot he gets another break before we change directions :) he's taking to it pretty well, no attitude of "aw man I thought I was done when you dropped the reins and let me walk again" he has a really good working attitude, really trying.

If I had hills at my barn I'd add that into our warm up or just hack him out on the hill, but the hill we have is so slight I don't think it would do anything and leads down to the busy road, so I'll stick to the arena and walking around the outside of it! Lol
    01-04-2012, 12:37 AM
Originally Posted by Klassic Superstar    
If I had hills at my barn I'd add that into our warm up or just hack him out on the hill, but the hill we have is so slight I don't think it would do anything and leads down to the busy road, so I'll stick to the arena and walking around the outside of it! Lol
I don't have hills either but I use ground poles to my advantage.. just be careful as it can be pretty strenuous.

I think he'll do so great :)
    01-04-2012, 12:41 AM
I like LSD work for building muscle and stamina. You don't have to do it for long to see the effects
    01-04-2012, 12:46 AM
Green Broke
Can you explain what this is or am I loosing my mind?
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    01-04-2012, 02:12 AM
Me too. LSD? Not your mother's LSD, I suppose.

Anyway, I think spiral in and out would be good for Ollie.

And riding Squares, you know, trot to the corner, down to a walk and try to do as close to a "pirhoette" around the corner, then see if you can jump to a trot to the next corner. I mean a prompt departure to trot.
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    01-04-2012, 02:27 AM
Green Broke
Thank you Tiny!
Getting him to "jump" into the trot might take a small miracle with how lazy he is hehe! Great suggestion though and will for sure try it!
    01-04-2012, 02:24 PM
LSD is "long slow distance" I believe. Used by endurance trainers to build stamina. So long trail rides at the walk and over time adding more and more trotting and hill work.
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    01-04-2012, 02:37 PM
Green Broke
I would love to take him out on trails...here's the thing though.....he never been taken out on a trail, no joke it's stupid but the barns he has been at....no trails, it's also winter so rainy and very very muddy! With both those things in the back of my head I think it would be asking for some excitement on the trails. Our training program is moving barns in the next month so cross my fingers there are some trails there, maybe even some hills I can ride on! Lol

Thanks everyone!
Always still open to suggestions and advice!

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