The Horse Forum banner

riding advice

  1. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Hi, wondering if anyone has tips or exercises to keep my shoulders back when I ride and for not leaning forward as I tend to lean forward too much and not sit back when I ride, especially in the canter. Is there exercises to improve on this or some tips while I ride? Thank you :)
  2. English Riding
    So I recently got back into riding after a year off due to university, and when I went back to my old barn, my instructor told me to try something new, which will make my legs more stable. Instead of the usual heels down thing, she told me to keep my leg (technically foot) straight in the...
  3. Horse Riding Critique
    Well, this is the first time that I have asked for a critic. Be harsh if necessary, but compliments are nice if deserved. I will not argue or make excuses - I want to improve for both myself and my horses' sakes. I started really riding in around 2011, and am mostly self taught. I have sadly...
  4. New to Horses
    Hello everyone, I'm new to these boards. While I'm not new to horses, I am somewhat new to riding. I'll try to keep this as short as possible: I was able to ride my horse for a little over a month. She rode perfectly, responded to every queue, etc. One day I tacked her up as usual, and hopped...
  5. English Riding
    So I was riding continously with a few breaks in between for school sports I do, then about last year I decided to stop. I stopped from school, personal issues with my trainer and how involved I am in sports. I really want to start again, do you guys think I should? Any ideas on how to talk to...
  6. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I was on a 16 mile large trail ride today. By large I mean at least fifteen mounted riders, and ten two-horse, wagon-pulling teams. I love going to these, and meeting tons of awesome horse people with their varying horses. But I saw some things today that I am questioning the politeness of...
  7. Dressage
    I have an Appaloosa with potential to do about anything and I heard that dressage is GREAT for any discipline. I want to continue doing the jumpers and hunters but I want to know some dressage to help me and my horse. How do I start and what to start with? I have NEVER done anything to do with...
  8. Jumping
    Hi everyone! So I have been having some issues with getting my horse to consistently jump over our small jumps. We will be trotting towards the jump and as soon as he gets up to it, he slows down and walks over it. Even when approaching the jump at a canter, he slows right down and slowly steps...
  9. Horse Health
    Hello, I'm new to the forum but already have an urgent question needing advice. I recently bought my horse from the barn I ride at. I have been riding Bandit for over a year with a lease, all time he was also a full time trail horse for guides at the barn. Since I have owned him now he hasn't...
  10. Horse Training
    Hello My horse is used to being ridden with his previous owner (i only have him for a month now) and if i get on him, bridal fitted and all, but still bareback as I don't have a saddle yet, he won't go forward. I tried kicking with my heels gently, and a bit harder, but stil nothing.... I can...
  11. Horse Talk
    So I don't really know where to put this topic, but anyways... My horse has been off since the end of October due to a bone splint that is now cold and has no effect to him. I have lunged him W/T/C and has no problems with or without saddle on. On the other hand, when I ride him, he's much...
  12. New to Horses
    So...I am super horse crazy. I really want to take riding lessons but they are too expensive right now ($25 per lesson (group) and you have to go every week). I had the brilliant idea of emailing them about being a working student but she declined. Do you have any ideas for me? I was also...
  13. Horse Training
    The paint mare I have been riding recently is extremely unbalanced. Until about 6 or 7 months ago she had been a pasture horse and to my knowledge was only green broke (at least that's how she acted when she was dropped off at the barn I ride at). I have been riding her since April or May trying...
  14. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I will be showing over the summer (equitation) and my parents have granted me extra riding time to prepare. I have the option of a half-lease (3 days a week) at a barn near my house, or an extra private lesson every week at the barn that I normally take lessons at and will be showing under. I am...
  15. Horse Training
    Hi i just rode my horse bridle-less yesterday in the round yard, and he was really good stoping,backing up. doing downward and forwards transitions well. Do you think he and i could do bridle-less in the arena ? After we start of in the round yard ? I wouldn't go ride in the arena if some one...
  16. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    I am currently in the process of switching from riding western to riding english. I was wondering if anyone has any tips to help out? I have gotten a coach but i don't start lessons for another 2 weeks. Any tips please share.
  17. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    Does anyone have good advice for staying on my horse while I am in a trot? I am newly learning how to ride and am wondering if anyone has any good tips. Thank you!
  18. Horse Riding Critique
    Critique required... By the way... How can I make myself STOP "motoring" the horse while cantering?? Then I automatically start leaning forward :DDD
  19. Horse Riding Critique
    So I was wondering if I might be able to get some constructive criticism for my riding. I haven't been in lessons or had any coaching/critique for a few years now and I'd like to to start my ponies in some lessons this winter. It would just be nice to see if I can't knick a few bad habbits I've...
  20. Horse Riding Critique
    After owning him for around 4 months, i've never really asked a lot of him. Just bonding with him etc. My main goals have been on the ground, as I could barely lead him when I first got him. Did some proper schooling, got him on the bit and engaged behind. My goal is to get a top line now, as...
Top