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post #1 of 2 Old 09-21-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Forward motion HELP!!!!! (UK rider)


Please help I am new to western riding after having a break from english riding for approximately 10 years. Previously just hacked (trail riding) english. I have had about 3 lessons western recently and absolutely love it I'm hooked!!!!! but am having trouble with what my instructor calls forward motion. When I'm riding a circle I find myself concentrating so hard on my leg aids that end up looking down at my legs and hence my forward motion goes and we stop. I'm fine obviously in a straight line but just this **** circles i'm struggling with any advice?
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post #2 of 2 Old 09-21-2010, 03:41 PM
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Easy solution is to keep your eyes up :) I've always been told and said to beginner riders that you look where you want to go. The last place you want to go is down :P

Also remember your head weighs quite a bit. If you look down, it's going to influence other features of your body and thus your horse.

Relax. Sometimes when we are focusing on one specific aide, we get tense. You may end up pinching with your knee, tensing up through your hips or just nagging your horse.
Take a nice deep breath, think forward, give him rein and some leg. If he is doing it correctly, don't keep nagging with your leg.

I hope I understood your post correctly...
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