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Horsealot 09-17-2012 09:27 AM

Flatwork on a green mare
I've been told to quiet my hands and ride her on a firm contact, but not HOW to ride her with quiet hands and firm contact, lol.
And the only reason I am jumping her in a western saddle is because she's learning how to go over logs on the trail. :)
Here is the video:

Thank you very much! :-)

QHriderKE 09-17-2012 02:30 PM

Yes, quiet and soften those hands!

And if you're going to ride her with contact, make sure it's a steady contact, not "bouncy". I was told to create inviting contact by softening my elbows, so I think you should give that a try too, I think it would help the horse. You can see her starting to toss her head.

I think that I'd like to see you make transitions within her trot so to speak. For example, from a slower trot, into a faster one and ease her back down to a slow trot.

And when you canter her, she looks like she wants to run with you, so ask for a canter, let her canter a few strides, and then go back down to a trot. Don't do what you did at about 7 minutes into the video. That quick jerk-jerk on the reins will not solve much, trust me.

I'd like to hear other peoples thoughts, I'm just going off of my personal experience.

ChipsAhoy 09-17-2012 06:32 PM

Work on keeping your hands in one place and only moving them when she moves in order to follow her mouth. Here you're kind of pulling her every which way which is throwing her off balance and confusing her.

Rather than pulling her head down and in at every turn and allowing her to stiffen her body and drop her inside shoulder, use your outside leg to get her to bend and keep a feel on the outside rein.

A good way to keep contact is to go at a relaxed but purposeful walk and really focus on keeping your leg steadily on and only allow your elbows to bend as far as her nose is moving, keeping the same amount of pressure on both reins at all times. Hope this helps a bit :)

Horsealot 09-17-2012 09:36 PM

thanks! :)

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