|Get your horse stopping without any pressure at all on the bit, and get your horse really responsive to you. When you say (with your seat) stop-that means stop now-not in a step or two. My trainer has me reinforce that with immediately backing up most times we stop.|
We turn and circle with no rein pressure. (unless it's like- "wake up we're circling here!" OR I'm having a crummy seat/leg day)
Would it be useful to practice turns on the haunches on the ground?
|Make sure you can move the front, mid and hind both ways with your weight and legs.....sidepasses, turns on the haunches, etc.|
|(I also hum, which was how my trainer trained mine). Lots of circles, transitions (every couple of strides sometimes....)|
|DO NOT try to slide stop or spin without a trainer. It is super easy to screw up and not so easy to fix once they are doing it wrong. He also told me NOT to work on the rail.|
Lives and trains 20 minutes from my house. It's only $50 an hour for a lesson.
I would love to have a basic grasp of cues before I go so I could knock their socks off. :) that's probably silly.
We don't have sliding shoes so we won't be doing sliding stops for a while, even with my trainer. Don't worry I'm not on my own! I just appreciate the virtual gold mine of information this forum is.
No rail work? Explain what that means.. Stay off the rail?