English gone Western.
My horse is a gaited STB, broke to trot. Her trot is soooo uncomfortable. I can slow her up and collect, but we're english, so it's not all the relaxing.
I've decided that I'm going to start re-training her to be western.
I love that jog. Deep down I love western, I started out western.
today we fitted her with a saddle and a girth.
I also made her a training fork, it turned out pretty nicely.
I'm keeping her in my english bridle and my nice thick snaffle.
Does anyone have some advice or warnings?
Is this a bad idea? Anyone have some nice training methods?
We're both really patient so I don't care how long it takes us. I just want it to be as simple and not stressful.
I don't want my horse to hate what we do!
TRAITOR! :-P I imagine riding Alibi western would be similar to riding Blue, they have similar trots. GET A SEAT SAVER or your butt will hurt lol HEY but you know I do still have that really cute western bridle for sale it would look great on Alibi :wink::lol:
Why the training fork?
My instructor told me to use one, and so did her daughter who trained my favorite horse. hahah
Oh and Rachel, I'm broke. If I get some money and we're all finished up, if you still have it, I'll buy it
my QH ccan get a nice slow trot that i LOVE its so smooth and its pretty much a little step up from a walk. im training my moms horse to do that because his is kind of hard to sit, i just keep slowing him down and after some time he gets it and after 10 to 20 feet i let him walk hes starting to get it. my paint has a nice big trot, but i can sit it or post so its nice.
I would skip the training fork. It is really easy to use it improperly and get the horse evading the bit. Plus, it does absolutely nothing to teach a horse how to use it's body and collect up properly...all it does is force a headset.
Are you wanting to train her to be a western pleasure type horse? If so, I will suggest this method. It will teach them to actually use their body and not depend on a piece of equipment to keep them in a "frame".
The Road of a Horse Trainer: Teaching "Cruise Control"
I wouldn't be keeping it on her. As soon as she responds, it comes off.
I really like that article. I'll have to try that
I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate the "stop and back" method of trying to teach a horse to slow down and "collect". This is super popular with backyard "western pleasure trainers" whose horses never hit the breed pen. It is not fun riding a horse that is expecting a stop every few strides and it does NOT teach a horse to properly round up and drive through.
Often you end up with a horse that is locked in the shoulders, neck, and jaw and a shuffling, short gait. Forward motion and drive is necessary to have a round, cadenced gait. You get drive by riding the horse forward into the bridle, not by making them back.
In addition, if you are on a horse that is easily intimidated or nervous, you'll end up with a horse that is expecting that back every single time you stop. Using a back as a correction is so wrong. Ever been on a horse that shoots backward anytime it thinks you are about to get after it for something? Not fun, at all.
There's a post in this thread I made about slowing down a horse's jog. You can use a martingale doing these exercises. Going in with your leg and driving the horse through and into the bridle is key, but especially important any time you add a training aid like a martingale.
Remember, that as a gaited horse, yours is probably going to struggle a lot with a jog and you may never get a good one.
Oh, wait, yes they did :wink:.
It only causes a problem if you're doing it wrong.
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