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post #11 of 18 Old 06-12-2015, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
can you go out? I mean, trail ride out? learn how to properly lunge a horse. spend some time working over cavaletti. work with your horse on the ground to send her over obstacles. take her out and jsut hand graze her to her hrearts content.
I'm DEFINITELY going to spend lots of time grooming and generally just hanging out with him (Rein Day). I am beyond excited to have a horse to ride but I think I'm more excited to have a reason to go to the barn more! I go back to my weekly lesson tomorrow and I'm glad you reminded me about trails, because I have been meaning to ask my trainer about that.

My other main concern is: I am somewhat worried that I may teach Rein Day bad habits since he will be the first horse I have practiced alone with. I am nervous because if I am doing something wrong my trainer won't be right there to correct it! I know my trainer wouldn't have offered him for lease to me if he didn't trust my skills but....I am still apprehensive about it.
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post #12 of 18 Old 06-13-2015, 01:35 PM
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That's why you have lessons. Don't worry.
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post #13 of 18 Old 07-07-2015, 02:03 PM
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- Serpentines in a variation of loops
- Extending and collecting
- Print off some dressage tests and work on them
- Set up a ground pole on a circle and work on figure eights at the trot and canter
- Did I mention no stirrups?
- Set up ground poles as a course
- Use ground poles to work on striding and spots
- Practices your transitions and switch up the gates ex: walk > canter > halt > trot > canter > walk > canter > halt
- Learn how to feel your leads/diagonals
- Go for hacks
- More stirrup-less work
- Pretend you're in a Hack division and practice each class (Show, Pleasure, Road)
- Learn to lunge your horse
- No stirrups again!
- Ride on the quarter line and down X to practice straightness
- Counter canter
- Counter bend
- I think I mentioned no stirrups, right?

There's so much more you can do! Check blogs and read some books on flat exercises. Talk to your coach and ask what you can work on. Ask a barn mate for suggestions as well. Have fun!
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post #14 of 18 Old 07-07-2015, 02:37 PM
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You have received many good suggestions on things that you can work on alone. Don't feel that you are at a disadvantage not having someone to watch and correct you. I think you will be amazed at how well you will be able to "feel" if you are doing something correctly or not. Remember what you were taught, concentrate, and practice. Getting "homework assignments" from your instructor is great but remember to have some strictly fun times in between lessons too.
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post #15 of 18 Old 07-07-2015, 05:37 PM
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Even though you are an english rider you could still set up some trail class type obstacles and work through those, both in-hand and under saddle.
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-11-2015, 05:31 PM
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You've already been given some good advice, so I'm just going to say to go to the barn with a plan already in your head, or even better, written down on a piece of paper you can fold up and put in your pocket. If you try to come up with stuff while you're on the horse, you're more likely to do boring things, quit when things get tough, or end up wanting to end the riding time sooner than you originally thought you would.

I'll go ahead and echo a few things here too: riding without stirrups (walk and trot to start - hang onto the saddle in the beginning if you need to ... I did for over a year with my very bouncy mare); work on transitions ... going from trot to walk, and back up, trot to halt and back up, etc.; work on trotting over poles on the ground evenly spaced. All this stuff seems like no big deal, but it's a really big deal for both you and the horse. The more you practice it, the more you'll realize how much it matters.

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post #17 of 18 Old 07-11-2015, 05:48 PM
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On the days that I don't ride my horse I still bring him up to the yards and let him graze while I clean his gear, or clean the area up.

Then I go and brush him for awhile, after that I'll take him for a walk or just play with him. Currently I'm working on getting up bareback, which is very interesting!

I like to do random things with him, and just spend time with him on a daily basis. I can't actually ride him at the moment, not until I get his teeth floated, so instead we go for a walk or I'll do ground work with him.

I've found out that he knows how to open the gate, let himself out of the yard, push the gate closed and go and talk to my aunties mare. He thinks he's very smart...just wait until I change the gate latch!

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post #18 of 18 Old 07-16-2015, 04:49 PM
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Serpentines, patterns, staying centered around your turns, extended trot to shortened trot, bending, a whole ride w/o stirrups :)
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