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    10-21-2013, 02:48 PM
Don't be discouraged. Riding and working with horses is not something that just happens becuase you hop in the saddle on YOUR horse. It takes time, and without instruction, you will learn, but very slowly and make a lot of mistakes along the way. LEarning from someone face to face will make your progress faster and more likely to be successful.
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    10-21-2013, 05:21 PM
She wasn't high strung at the time. Seemed sleepy. Head down really low and just stepping backwards very slowly. She's a goofy horse anyway. Do I kick her to nudge her forward? I pulled her into a circle a few times to get her going. I love her to death. I wish that I had no fear. U
    10-21-2013, 05:25 PM
The first thing one should establish with a horse is forward movement, usually in a round pen, with person in middle directing it, as well as directing the horse's reversal of direction. I think that every neophyte should learn to effectively direct a horse from the ground first. Parelli Seven Games (7 games that horses play with each other, & the human should be able to play, too) is foundational, imo. Other teachers/programs don't call it the 7 Games, but they do them nevertheless. Jay O'Jay also has a good colt-starting video which shows you the first step of establishing forward movement very clearly.

All of the skill which you acquire with groundwork will transfer to your saddle time.
    10-21-2013, 06:41 PM
I've been playing the 7 games with her. ��
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