12-29-2013, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by jaydee
I really don't know what you mean by your first question - it really isn't possible to give effective lessons to someone outside of an arena. Teaching requires the trainer to be able to stand and watch the student
The horses they use are mostly working ranch horses, some also compete in Western Dressage and some in Horse Agility/Trail Riding competitions
If you have no contact with your horses mouth at any given time (unless its trained to work completely off your legs, including being able to spur stop) then you are just a passenger. If the horse suddenly spooks then you're reliant on either jabbing it in the mouth or it understanding a one rein stop to restrain it quickly
It is possible to ride a horse on a long rein and still have it 'on the bit'
All of my horses have had to work in collection for jumping, showing, dressage, even hunting yet they still have no problem hacking/trail riding on a loose rein where safety allows. They can gallop flat out, long and low, necks outstretched one moment and be doing a collected canter the next.
That is what training achieves.
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