Hi from. . . China?
Kind of hard to say where I'm from.... cause I don't know what to say to that myself XD
I started riding in PA and rode for a couple years until moving to China. After about a year in BJ, my family moved to Inner Mongolia right across from a "racing track". I continue riding there, am lectured to ride in a way COMPLETELY different then I learned in the states. So. . . pardon my terrible position in photos. I'm riding a guy I gave the English name Phillip (they just call him "brown horse" here) and I think he's a Thoroughbred. . I don't know horse breeds in Chinese. He's a really sweet horse. :) He's afraid of just about everything. . . and doesn't know that there is a gait called the canter. :) He just knows walk, trot, and GALLOP. Sometimes he randomly, paces. . . I'm told to shorten my reins because apparently the horse will go fast that way. . . um sure. I'm told to kick him at everything.. .. oh, what's this, he responds to CLICKING? Oh dear. . . poor Phillip.
When I return to the states, I will hopefully own my first horse or two, depending on where we live. I miss jumping, Phillip is untrained to jump and I don't think they'd allow me to train him, and he's never been ridden bareback. My dream is to eventually have a productive business in the equine industry.
I am SO thankful though that we moved across from one of the very few riding places in China. I know I sound ungrateful, I just got back from a frustrating lesson/ride. But honestly, I love little Phillip so much and will be sad when the crazy temperatures of northern china come in and I won't be able to ride.
Please give me any tips on my riding!!!!! Please keep in mind though I'm following instruction and in some of the photos you can clearly see I'm NOT riding the way I regularly would.
Note on the weird tack. . . they only have one English saddle that I've only used once. Because they have beginner riders mostly, they have these weird saddle contraption things.
1. Don't give your reins away. Keep them but you can change how much slack is in them by feeding them in or out of your fingers.
2. Do not arch your back. Soft connection from spine to tail bone.
3. Your shoulders could come back just a smidge more so your chest is more open.
Not bad :) Phillip is very bracy in his face from these pictures. Some figures (figure eights, serpentines, half circles) would help loosen him up.
Thanks for the tips :) For the reins, I'm told to keep my reins so short it is uncomfortable for Phillip, so I just put my hands forward to allow him his head. It pleases Phillip and the instructor.
Welcome to the forum!
Wow, those are some awesome pictures. I've never seen a saddle like that, and what an amazing skyline. Do you speak Chinese?
Honestly, Phillip doesn't look very TBish to me... Maybe they look different over there?
I hear there is lots of riding in Japan. I know, very different places with very different cultures, just toss'n that out there!
Definitely not a thoroughbred. Actually looks alrmost exactly like my mustang.
My mustang is on the left and my thoroughbred is on the right. Comparisons of body shape
Wow, you have quite an interesting life and Philip looks cute :)
My dad took them :) I don't speak Chinese very well. Yeah. . he doesn't look TBish but there is a local breeder nearby and he is a "racing horse". So idk. . . he could be some weird mix.
haha yeah and ikr?
he is a cute horse. Yes, that is a wierd saddle, but it does look like it may be comfy.
Mu hubby and I saw chinese barrel racing on t.v. one evening, it was quite amusing! VEry different, and the same horses were run over and over . The horse is probably a mongolian breed or mix. The Mongolian people race all thier horses, even the pony sized ones. They appear to be some tough little horses. At least you found a place to ride, the horse is probably taught tighter rein , run, looser rein stop. ;)
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