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post #1 of 3 Old 07-14-2014, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Switching from THW to QH, suggestions?

Hi guys,

I am currently taking riding lessons 1x1 with a trainer, and have been on a TWH mare practicing my reign skills, barrels and poles. Last week, I used a spur on my left boot to get the horse to pick up some speed. She is a little slower paced and really patient, so great to learn the basics on.

My trainer is putting me on a QH on Thursday to pick the barrel training back up. I am excited/nervous about this, because I know he runs a little hotter than the TWH.

Any suggestions, tips? I know switching from a gaited horse will be a change in itself already, just looking to prepare mentally!

Thanks!
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It sounds like the change will be less in terms of switching breed and more going from a "babysitter" to a horse with more potential in the sport but a bit more of a challenge to ride. The most obvious difference will be the gaits of course, but if this is something that your trainer thinks you are ready for, you probably are. If this is the first non-gaited horse that you've been on though, it will be quite an experience learning to sit the trot!

My one concern is that she's having you use a spur/spurs for speed which is not really what they're meant for, but I don't know your trainer so it's difficult to comment on. I believe the general consensus on the forum is that spurs are tools for lateral movement and not speed.
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It sounds like the change will be less in terms of switching breed and more going from a "babysitter" to a horse with more potential in the sport but a bit more of a challenge to ride. The most obvious difference will be the gaits of course, but if this is something that your trainer thinks you are ready for, you probably are. If this is the first non-gaited horse that you've been on though, it will be quite an experience learning to sit the trot!

My one concern is that she's having you use a spur/spurs for speed which is not really what they're meant for, but I don't know your trainer so it's difficult to comment on. I believe the general consensus on the forum is that spurs are tools for lateral movement and not speed.
Yeah I think (in general) my trainer uses spurs for lateral movement but the horse I have been using was just not really giving me much in terms of any type of speed. I would get her to speed up, but she would immediately slow down unless I was constantly nudging and verbally pushing her to go. So instead of switching to the QH mid lesson, we used the spur (which truthfully, I didn't really have to use because once she knew I had it on she magically picked up the pace ). The last 1/2 she gave me a little more, but that's when my trainer said she thought I was ready for the QH this week.

I went to a horseshow where the QH was performing and he does look fast!

I have ridden a QH on a trail before, but never in an area for barrels, so it should be interesting!! Thanks for the reply :)
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