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post #11 of 14 Old 03-26-2018, 03:20 PM
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I know how everything feels to be fighting against us in terms of training - we had no footing in the arena for a while, I was off cuz of my foot, then the saddle fit issue, then his back pain, then the move to another stable, now again the footing is horrible, and the fact that I just don't get to him enough to work on the issues..

So it is always great to find something to play with at each riding session to have some fun and both end on a good note.. I tend to go back a few steps every time something doesn't work - if I can't get him to half halt in trot, I go back to walk, if he won't turn and bend in trot or canter, I go back to walk.. and try to make it fun and easy for both of us.. because nobody wants to ride a stiff, fighting horse that can give you the feeling that you will learn to fly!
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post #12 of 14 Old 03-26-2018, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Good points. I think Im blessed that nick is always light on his feet and comfy, maybe someday we'll make it to a show ring
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post #13 of 14 Old 03-26-2018, 03:33 PM
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Well, I pretty much just trail ride, so I don't 'work' on anything anymore.

well, that's not entirely true. I sometimes play games with myself and X, like . . "how little of rein can I apply to X in order to get him thinking on that side",

or, "can I get him to step ONLY his front feet over this log, and not assume that I want him to go all the way over", Now, can I get him to back off it. can I get him to jus stand, stradling this pole/log?

Can I get him to flick an ear back on me, so I know he is 'listening', and how little can I do to achieve this. Can I make him step to the right ONLY by stepping hard into my right stirrup. Can I make him move his left rear leg one step backwards.

Can I get him to walk off and decide /control which front leg steps off first.

Can I get him to put his nose right on a certain spot I pick out on the ground. Can I get him to stop exactly on such and such a place.

etc. etc. etc.
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post #14 of 14 Old 03-26-2018, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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Sometimes Nick and I play the "can you stop before we have to jump the fence" game when out on the trail. Its kinda fun. Extra fun when cows are involved.

He does have brakes, Im mostly kidding, Although I do think he feeds off my daredevilishness.
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