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  1. Western Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    My plan was to have my horse be a barrel racer but some hind end issues came up so that is no longer an option. I decided i’m going to use him as a trail horse but I would also like to do arena work as well. I want to teach him how to move off of my leg pressure and not so much my reins. I...
  2. Western Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hello everyone, When I was younger I did English riding and then took a huge long break. I started riding western in December of last year. I thought I was doing fine with my leg cues until my more experienced friend told me I needed to cue my horse with my legs more and not so much my reins. I...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My 12 year old trail horse needs to learn to leg yield. She interprets any pressure as "go faster" and gets confused and frustrated when asked to slow down with leg pressure. I would like to calmly do this at a walk but she is hot and will trot off with the slightest pressure. Funny enough she...
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi! We bought an old show gelding a year ago. He is great, but he has had problems in the past of getting very anxious after loping. He wasn't hot or ill tempered, but he would just become too sensitive to leg cues and want to lope. A year later, we find that he is getting worse with his...
  5. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    With my horse I have always squeezed with my left leg while turning left; right leg while turning right. I do this every time I turn, to the point that (if he's feeling nice haha) he will turn based on my leg cues without any reins movement. Is this even a correct way of doing things? :-) I...
  6. General Riding queries
    My mare refuses to go past a trot,kicking does nothing expect make her buck and turn around and bite my legs. Its even difficult to get her into a trot. I have tried to use a crop but once she gets going she will randomly stop and i will go flying. Also she refuses to go where I tell her if I...
  7. Western Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    I'm sorry if this sounds like a dumb question, but when cueing for a walk, what exactly do you want to do with your legs? Same for a lope? Can someone break it down it for me. Rather than going from a trot to a lope, I need to go back and retrain myself and my horse. I want to be able to cue...
  8. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi! i'm getting ready for fair and the one event is with patterns. So i've been trying to get my mom's horse Todd to go from a trot in straight line to a canter. I'm cuing correctly because going around the ring i can get a beautiful canter out of him, but from the straight on he attempts but...
  9. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I'm not sure how to explain this precisely, but I'll give it my best shot. Rainy is 5, had only had 30 days training when I got her, and then it was just me and my instructor doing our best. She's definitely come far, but now that we're past her bucking tantrums and she's started to listen more...
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