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Slow down please! :3
During the summer, I've been working with my dads 6 year old paint mare. I decided to add her to my training schedule (lol's... I like to sound profesh) when I rode her once and she was awful at the trot and lope. She would run through my hand at both, would not circle at all in the lope. When I tried, it was a big fight and she'd either run, drop her shoulder and turn a super sharp corner or break into a trot.
So I was like "We shall teach you some respect to the bit and my leg!"
After many long and frustrating rides, this was the result:
I know it isn't great quality, the post I had the camera on was uneven, but hey, you get the gist.
How do you think I did?
She's doing great from what I could see. Loping around all relaxed in an open field, take a bow, that is no small feat girl!
Did you just lope her or did you work on slowing that trot down and getting it balanced?
I built it all up from a walk, working on getting her trotting nice, even slow circles before even attempting to lope. I also worked on her transitions a lot, a did a couple rides of only collecting her going into a transition and getting her to hold it for a few strides after. That was a bit more frustrating for me.
Well you're doing well :)
Thanks :) I hope to have her slowed down and doing that on loose rein next year.
No, I rode her with a martengale twice and then left it cause I was too lazy to put it on, mostly....
Well a martingale will help keep from the head tossing, but it is temporary. Just keep steady with your hands, use a fair bit of seat and stay light handed. Suppling exercises and shoulder/hip control exercises as well will really help with balance.
I want that horse!
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