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post #11 of 17 Old 12-19-2010, 03:14 PM
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like everyone else has said, ride him two handed, your instructor should understand you can't really correct major issues by one handing. anytime i need to take corrective measure on my western horses i go back to 2 handing.
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-24-2010, 02:53 PM
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Training! riding one handed wont help if he hasn't been practiced with two hands first
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-24-2010, 04:51 PM
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Get a loose ring snaffle and go two handed. It will not make a habit and its a good change, a curb bit or one handed is meant for horses are trained to accept to a snaffle two handed.

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post #14 of 17 Old 12-29-2010, 08:00 PM
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no need to ride western with one hand , it has the same effect neck reining does not mean one hand ( mostly it is though ! ) it is when you put the reins against the neck
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post #15 of 17 Old 12-30-2010, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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thanx for the help! I'll try those things with him....

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post #16 of 17 Old 12-30-2010, 07:50 PM
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Originally Posted by monkeyleap View Post
i meant kill me as in ride with 2 hands in western... She says that "He will listen if you tell him and you'll develop a habit for that in shows". And he isn't green, either, as I said.

Here is a quote from the second one of mine: First off, he actually is trained in western and english
Any updates?

He's not doing anything "wrong"... you are and you need to have your instructor tell you why. Not being mean, just honest.

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post #17 of 17 Old 12-30-2010, 08:05 PM
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Western riding comes from the seat and leg primarily -- waitaminute... so does English riding... Anyways.. you must have control of your horse through your seat and leg primarily; if you have control of the horse's rib, shoulder, and haunches, you have control of the entire horse - the head is just a hood ornament. You push them into contact for English riding, but your turns, tempo, gait, just about everything comes from seat and leg INTO hand. So your horse has to learn how to hold himself together without your rein, and learn to listen to cues given mostly by the seat and leg.
The fact that you said "he doesn't like when I only have control with one hand" indicates that perhaps you and your trainer should step back and look at the horse's training as a whole, and get the horse responding more to seat and leg.

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