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  1. Ridden Showing, Hunter/Jumper, Equitation
    Hey y’all! Basically what the title says. I’ve been taking lessons for four years with about a year’s break in between. I used to do once a week but lately it’s been closer to three rides per week since I’ve joined IEA. I guess I’ve grown kind of discouraged because I feel like I haven’t been...
  2. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    Hello everyone! I've only been riding for a year and still have so much to learn and discover. I school weekly and also hack out for 2-3 hours every Wednesday. I love it! Yesterday I had one of my weekly lessons and I asked my partner to film it for reference. It was such a mess! I haven't...
  3. General Riding queries
    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 :)
  4. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    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...
  5. 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...
  6. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    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...
  7. General Riding queries
    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...
  8. 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...
  9. Show Jumping and using jumping in training
    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...
  10. 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...
  11. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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...
  12. 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...
  13. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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. General Riding queries
    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. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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. General Riding queries
    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. General Riding queries
    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
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