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post #1 of 5 Old 06-17-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Advantages of the way YOU do things

So I'm sitting here thinking about the different ways we do things with our horses and we all have our reasons.

What are the quirky reasons you do things your way?

This is supposed to be a fun thread not an argument.

I ride prin in a halter or a bridle.

I'm hunting tomorrow and cleaned my bridle last night So I'll keep it clean and ride her in a halter!

Have been focusing pretty heavily on her collection so will be a nice break too!
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post #2 of 5 Old 06-17-2013, 09:23 PM
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I don't have any great things with tack, but the way I TRY to do things with the horses is that I try to remember that I don't MAKE a horse do anything. I get him to think about doing it, and then he does it himself.

I don't pick up his feet and make him move sideways, I use my balance and reins to get him thinking about that side of his body, and then he moves himself there. when I forget this is when I get super heavy handed. If he spends more time thinking about resisting me, I'll never really get a good movement. If I can get him thinking "sideways" , the movement just happens. Always a work in progress.
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-17-2013, 09:28 PM
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This sounds like an awesome thread idea! Could probably pick up some tips doing this!

I like to have a routine when I ride. Horses are known to love routine, and I myself like it, so I use it when I ride. Not very strict, but a simple layout, like so - 3 laps each direction in two point, at the trot. Then, some very basic flatwork that the horse knows. Then working up to something new on the flat. Maybe it's sidepassing, or maybe the horse sucks at circles, we do that. Then, once they get that down, we quit. If I'm jumping that day, I replace the new thing we are learning on the flat with jumping. I do this at home, during lessons, and at shows. It seems to make me and my horse more comfortable in various places, and the ride is almost always successful in some way. This is probably what everyone does subconciesly, but I like to make a point of it for some reason lol.

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post #4 of 5 Old 06-19-2013, 12:19 PM
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well one weird thing I do is I have to lead my horse around the arena once in each direction before mounting. I used to be incredibly nervous around horses and I would lunge for 20 mins before attempting mounting. Luckily I am over that but I still like to give the horses some time under saddle to hear the sounds, see the sights, and feel the weight before I am asking things of them.

another thing people find quite odd about my training/riding is I take things very slowly. I have received many comments about this but I like to move forward at the horses pace so it can take in the new training. Like for example when I get a new horse I spend the first week bonding with it on the ground (all my horses are bought broke under saddle) first three days are grooming and petting, then walking, then if they arent used to our different arenas or objects in them I start exposing them to that. Then if the horse is ready we start the second week with walking under saddle, depending on the horse 1-3 days after that walk/trot and then at that point the horse is used to every thing it will be exposed to and we can move forward at a pace of learning one new thing a day. This is where cantering, turning on the haunches, trail riding, sidepassing, washing, bareback, bitless and horse soccer are all learned. one day at a time. we also take breaks in learning fun new things to correct holes in training, that is alternated every second day between the fun new stuff for the horse.
I just find this to be incredibly successful and my current horse is improving in leaps and bounds using this plan.
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post #5 of 5 Old 06-19-2013, 12:36 PM
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The way I train trail horses is... Well, I trail ride. I take a green horse out on the trails (with another horse for the first few rides, and then alone), and I ride him like I would ride any old trail horse. We cross all the creeks, pick through the vines, step over the logs. If I need to clean trails or put up flagging, that horse better learn that job as we go along. If I need to sidepass/turn on the haunches/position the horse, we learn it on the trails in real life situations. So many people baby their green trail horses. Think they "aren't ready" for real trail riding. But if you wait until they're "ready," you'll be waiting a long time.

I also don't let horses "look" at spooky things. I just don't make a big deal out of it. We ride by it. We might ride by it side ways or backwards but I ignore it. No big deal. Maybe it's a weird way to go about it, or the "wrong way", but all my horses are bombproof after a few weeks.

I also do a lot of groundwork -- halter and lead rope, controlling the feet. Lunging, backing, sidepassing, turns on forehand and haunches, moving on foot at a time in any direction.

People think the weirdest thing I do is teach my horses to be "trustworthy" -- able to be ridden without micromanagement. Give them responsibility. I teach them to ride on a loose rein in all gaits. I take the bridles off and ride all gaits in an arena with no regard for direction, just continued forward motion. Keep in a trot without trying to walk or canter. Stuff like that. Stop with no reins. Continue in a straight line without me having to hold them between the reins.
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