Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: South Australia
It's not that he doesn't want to trot. He doesn't want to trot WHEN HE'S ASKED TO. He was trotting just fine for me last week (with occasional issues of ignoring cues to transition down to a walk promptly). I'm pretty sure that it's an attitude problem... again, my partner Martindale has no problem (most of the time) getting Dubbin to listen to him. Interestingly enough, Martindale lets Dubbin get away with more than I do, but Dubbin is never more than very mildly recalcitrant when Martindale is riding him. Dubbin has just been getting more unwilling to listen to me. I much prefer to be as gentle as possible with corrections, but the key phrase there is "as possible". If I need to be harsher in correcting him, that's one thing; I just want to be sure that I'm not making things worse by doing so.
I'm perfectly willing to accept that I'm doing something wrong here. That being said, I've been doing my level best to correct him as and when he ignores cues by following my instructor's advice. Yesterday, it only seemed to make him worse, reaching a crescendo of awfulness when Jade (my instructor's daughter, and a very capable dressage rider) took over and was quite firm with him. Note that she's ridden him before, and he's been perfect with her in the past.
Advice I'm hoping for here is *specific* if-he-does-this-then-you-do-that stuff. Both Martindale and I are fairly new to horseriding - we had our first lesson in August last year. We *want* to do the right things, but we're still learning what they are, how we need to deal with stuff, how to calibrate appropriate levels of response to equine misbehaviour, stuff like that. For example, advice like "Do more groundwork" is a start, but if I'm to be able to implement it, I need a bit more detail regarding what sort of groundwork might be helpful here. Running him around in circles on a lunge line? Teaching him to stand still (like teaching a dog to "stay") at liberty in the paddock? What sort of things do folk recommend?
ETA: He's not in the riding school any more, and hasn't been for a couple of months at least. Now it's only Martindale and I riding him, with occasional additional sessions with Jade.
Last edited by StormCloud; 05-08-2013 at 10:55 PM.
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