Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Ontario, Canada
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How do you coach your students? Just curious!
Im just curious how you teach your students (if you coach!)
I start both my western and English adults and kids off bareback on the lunge line. Once they are capable of keeping the horse out on the line, at the walk and trot, and are able to whoa, then they can come off the lunge line.
Once they can walk, trot, back up, whoa, go over ground poles, can cross the diagonal both ways at walk and trot and circle tightly while balanced, then they can get the saddle!
My students only get their stirrups once they can post without, and can go into 2-point without them!
Once all of that is covered and I am confident in their abilities, then they can canter, jump, barrel race etc!
I do this because I find riders balance better when they start without the saddle as opposed to when they start with one.
Whats your coaching style? Let me know what you think of starting bareback compared to the traditional ways!
Will also mention I keep my mares bitless and barefoot as well!
If anybody ever asks why I'm not scared of anything, tell them I own 3 mares and that should shut them up!