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post #11 of 13 Old 04-30-2018, 03:50 AM Thread Starter
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I wanted to stay off her mouth because if you hang she'll lean into it and use it to gain more speed. Racehorse training at its finest! She won't hit a full gallop without a good bit of pressure on her mouth and you can't use your reins to pull her up from canter or gallop at all, she just ignores them... but if you use your seat and a loud exhale she stops on a dime :)

I know there's a big difference between hanging off their mouth and using a rein aid. But I used to hang quite badly and it's taken me a lot of retraining of myself to break the "I want to go slower!"-use the reins connection. Now I just need to make the "I want to go slower!"-half halt connection :P

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-30-2018, 08:16 AM Thread Starter
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So I rode again today, only briefly because I **** near killed myself in the gym earlier

I remembered what everyone said about flexion and so on, and really focused on loosening her up and encouraging her into the outside rein, especially on that left rein. She felt a lot better going left today! Definitely not 100% but with how much strength she lacks I feel like it'll be a long process. I focused on really setting her up correctly through our changes of rein and changing her flexion before changing direction, and I think it helped :)

No video because the light was awful (overcast & gross) and my photographer was riding her own horse!

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post #13 of 13 Old 08-26-2018, 04:18 PM
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I know this is a REALLY late response, but I really wanted to say something. First of all, I love how quiet you are in the seat (looks very pretty and soft). It looks like you have a good foundation and lots of experience. However, it seems we have the same problem... pulling on the reins. I ride a young gelding (4 years) and he can be super forward. As a response, I clench and constantly pull. I imagine you do the same thing. I’m not trying to say you’re scared, you’re just trying to prepare for what your horse it going to do next. My solution is RELAX. If you loosen your reins and move your hands out of your lap, your horse won’t stiffen up because of that constant pressure. It will also help your horse put their head down and start to work over their back. If you expect something to happen, IT WILL HAPPEN because you’re thinking about it and not focusing on what’s ahead. This will make riding a better experience for both you and the horse. This tip has helped me and my pony so much. Again, I know this is late and I’m sorry.
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