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    03-14-2012, 06:26 PM
relearning to ride?

Okay so my horse is in training! Yay! But now I have to ride really different I ride with one hand and I have to ride with 2 and have my legs different to kick and all this but I ride my other horses the way I ride. So I was wondering if anyone has horses that they have to ride different? Not as in westren to english. And different things like WP and barrel racing.
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    03-14-2012, 06:58 PM
Green Broke
I do, kind of. I have some ranch horses and then I ride some polo ponies that we use on cattle to give them a change of pace. Some pretty big differences there.

But, even among the ranch horses, we have some differences depending on who trained them. One gets used in calf roping, so all I have to do to get a great stop is put my hand forward onto his neck and leaning or turning my upper body gets good turns. One was trained by someone who fancied themself a reining pro. His best work is when we use our feet (and weight shifts) to signal for turns and stops. Some were trained by kids and they pretty much handle like dude horses. Right to go right. Left to go left. Pull back to stop.

Then, there are a couple places where I work every year that have realllll nice darn-near, bridle horses (the owners claim they still need work). Shifting my weight, a touch of the reins, it all happens. It seems like I just have to think of what we need to do and they do it. I'm not talented or skilled enough, nor have the time, to make one like that.

Have fun learning with yours.
    03-15-2012, 09:16 PM
Green Broke
Absolutely. Every horse is trained slightly different. Every horse, as an individual, is slightly different.

A good rider will adapt to the horse and cue the horse in a way that will give them the best response.

I used to have a horse that was trained "backwards" for his lead changes. For a right lead, you'd push him over with your right leg. Therefore, when I rode him, THAT'S what I did. Because that's what he knew and as a rider, I adapted to him.

When I ride a young horse that doesn't know how to neck rein, I obviously have to ride two-handed. When I ride my horse, he'd neck rein no problem with just my legs and the halter.

I think it is very education and very beneficial to improve your riding skills by riding as many different horses as you can. You will have to adapt slightly different to each and every one.
    03-16-2012, 09:14 AM
I do. I train all my horses to neck rein. But they young ones all start two hand reining. It is how training goes. I got one horse that I can't get on without spurs she has been dead sided forever. And I have one that all I need is the spurs just to make noise so she knows there on I never even touch her with them.

My team penning and sorting horse, I neck rein him on trails and just riding when we are in the arena we two hand rein.

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