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  1. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I started to ride some 2 years ago in A riding school and have kept going there once a week. My coach there ALWAYS uses the longe (rope) connecting , controlling the horse when I am riding. And finally, sometimes let me ride the horse by myself after I have attended over 80 classes (40 mins each...
  2. English Riding Queries
    Hi! I'm able to get the canter on all the lesson horses but one, and it's because I can't get my butt to sit deep in the saddle to ask. He's a bumpy ride, sue me. I can do sitting trot fairly well, but for whatever reason when it comes time to ask this specific horse to canter, I just can't sit...
  3. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I have been on 3 trail rides now and can walk, steer and stop confidently. I can post trot without holding onto the saddle fairly well but i have a little trouble dropping back into the saddle softly and smoothly. Wondering how long it has taken you to trot, canter and jump?
  4. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I've been riding for roughly a year, but took up English riding just 4 months ago after giving western a shot. When I was riding at my western barn, I had the walk with steering down, and the trot down, and started to perfect the canter. After switching to English, I found my instructor bringing...
  5. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hi! I have been riding for 12 months total, group lesson only, 1 hour a week. I have been cantering 4 months after starting riding, and currently I'm doing jumps at a trot. Every time I come to my lesson, I get a different horse. Every horse seems to have their own problems and because of this...
  6. English Riding Queries
    So I started riding from the ages of 8-13 and I loved it but stopped because I just grew out of it. I’m now 20 and have recently taken it back up, and have completely fallen in love with it again! However I am having a lot of trouble with cantering. I just get really uncomfortable and feel like...
  7. Horse Training, Performance & behavioral problems
    Hey folks! So I have an all around gelding that does just about everything perfectly, except for a flying change! He will do simple changes with just a single trot stride easily. His lateral work is amazing, half passing at the all gaits, sidepasses, turn on the haunches and turn on the...
  8. English Riding Queries
    My mare is an 18-year-old who I bought about a year and a half ago, very well-behaved and generally quiet but willing to work. She has been used for hunt chase by her previous owners and I'm pretty sure she's done hunt chase most of her life based on her behaviour. She's an angel at walk and...
  9. Horse Videos
    Hey guys, just another cold spring morning training I wanted to share with you, hope you enjoy. :pinkunicorn:
  10. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I have been riding the same horse at my riding school for the past 6 months. He is a 9 years old gelding and an ex race horse (retired last year Oct). He is really a sweet guy, never bites, and behaves well when being tacked. At the end of Nov I will be having a dressage test, but I don’t have...
  11. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    My horse is called Ziggy for a reason-- he likes to go fast. He's a good horse, and sensitive to leg cues. He does take quite a bit of effort on the reins to slow down and stop, which we are working on. I've been riding him in a halter/bitless bridle sort of thing and he does just as well in it...
  12. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hello Everyone! Quick backstory: I've been riding for just under a year now, I'm 23, male and 6ft 4 (This sounds more like a dating advert than asking for advice) so I'm a fairly big lad but I'm really struggling to maintain my stirrups and sometimes balance the canter. This is especially...
  13. Dressage
    I haven't been here for a while, but I'd like to get anyone's advice on the following problem I'm having: (sorry, this turned out to be rather long) My 9 year old Morgan is really having issues at the canter. He tends to be a tense, hollow-backed horse but over years of dressage work, he's...
  14. Horse Trainers
    Hi, my coach is currently on vacation so i figured i would post here to try and get some help. I have a 6yo tb x percheron, we have been having a hard time cantering because i am a begginer and am just not great at canter. My coach started riding him and put in about two weeks on him before he...
  15. Horse Pictures
    So, I'm quite new to this forum and I'd like to introduce these three beasties off mine before hobbling off into the rest of the forum. I'll also share how I met them and what my plans are for all of them. Well, I say all, but that's because I think three horses for one person is a LOT. Not that...
  16. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hello, For the past while I've been having issues with my horses canter. Right lead canter is great, a bit unbalanced but he is currently still gaining muscle after being off due to a mild gas colic. Left lead canter is a whole different story. Basically feels like his shoulders and up are a...
  17. Horse Training, Performance & behavioral problems
    Hello everyone, I'm looking for some help with the horse i'm working with right now he will not pick up his left lead. He just down right refuses no matter what. I have googled and watched videos and the the ones I've found tell you to just ask for the canter not the lead. I tried that and he...
  18. Horse Training, Performance & behavioral problems
    I have a 13 year old haflinger that I bought in January and since then we have been doing just walk and trot work because he was so out of shape. I think he is ready to start cantering but he is sooo lazy no matter what I do he will not pick it up. The only way he will pick it up is if we are on...
  19. English Riding Queries
    Hello! So, a little bit of back story ~ I ride one day of the week, every week that I can. Sometimes I cannot ride every week and have to wait 1 to 2 weeks at a time. I don't own or lease, I just take lessons. So, since I don't ride much, my trainer has me ride Western from time to time, as I...
  20. English Riding Queries
    My lesson horse hadn't been cantered that day before I got on him and I only gave him the chance to canter 5 or 6 20m circles at the start of the lesson as well as 3 or 4 small distances after jumps. Later when I went to use the whole arena to canter I could feel that he had a lot of energy. He...
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