Inside leg to outside rein
I am trying to get my horse to round his back, engage his hindquaters and work from my inside leg into the outside rein. My horse is an old school master and will happily work in a great outline with an expeirenced rider although i am still learning so he wont work in an outline when i ask him to. Everytime i try to get him to work from my inside leg into the outside rein he will immediatly stop and back up when ever pressure is palced on the outside rein.
How can i get him to stop doing this as i get frustrated when im riding and dont want to get angry at him.
freerider, Getting angry at him for your mistakes is a bad position to take. I would suggest getting some training so that you will have someone there to correct you.
It is great to have a horse that can teach you but you need someone, and it would be best if it was someone who knows your horse, show you how to push his buttons.
He sounds like a wonderful mount to have, good luck with him.
I agree with iridehorses, you need to get a trainer in to work with you and your horse.
You can turn an experienced horse sour in a big hurry and it sounds like you have yourself an exceptional guy. It would be a shame not to get some help to solidify your bond.
It may just be a matter of how much pressure you have in your outside rein, coupled with the pressure of your inside leg.
Play with different pressures. Make sure you keep your calf on to push him forward at the same time, an all too common mistake is to focus so much on your inside thigh/knee and outside rein that you drop all other aides.
Do some single loops (i assume you know the exercise since you are riding dressage?) These help Bailey greatly, as he often ignores my outside rein. :) Also do some serpentines and bend changes. Half halt in the middle, and ask for the bend change (new inside leg pushing to outside rein).
Make sure that you start each ride sending him forward, getting him going with his hind end. I seem to be adding it to every post, but I *really* do believe that 90% of problems arrise because the horse is not pushing enough from behind or is not pushing evenly.
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