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  1. Horse Riding Critique
    Hey, I’d love to get critique on this short little ride my instructor filmed. I’ve trotted bareback many, many times, but I’d like to know what I could do better. Thanks! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h2dWxrFUyDFtUDVqU7LvSN3hkNY2sIay/view?usp=drivesdk
  2. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    Hi! I've been struggling on my lower leg position for a while and as a result, I let my stirrup position get the best of me. :-x:-x So I'm kind of standing on the outside corner of the stirrup a bit? If that makes any sense... I'm letting it slip under my instep in trot to canter transitions...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi! I recently started leasing a feisty pony who has come a long way already. A small problem I am trying to tackle right now is her downward transitions. I know that getting a good transition takes time and lots of practice, but I am concerned with her habit of locking her jaw. She mostly does...
  4. Horse Riding Critique
    This is in response to a thread I had asking about how to improve transitions. I thought posting a video of Navigator and I, and getting some feedback would be helpful for us. This is just a short video of us doing walk-trot-canter-trot-walk, both directions. Would love some critiques...
  5. General Riding queries
    This might be a little rant-y so I apologize, and I'll try to keep it short... Transitions are always mentioned on this forum as a way to work a horse's balance and fitness, and they're a great tool for exercising and getting the horse to work from behind. However, how do you get the...
  6. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My horse is very downhill and it's sometimes a struggle to get her to step underneath herself and round her back. I've been working on lots of transitions (between and within the gates), and I'd like to do a little hill work to build up some more muscle. What are some other ideas about some...
  7. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hey! I'm having a bit of trouble with transitions with my 11y/o mare. If I ask for the walk from the trot I will get a itty bitty trot and then when I continue to ask and finally get the walk, I end up with a dead, slow walk. I am using my seat, half-halting before the transition, and closing...
  8. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    My horse does free walk and walking on a loose contact very well. The problem is that when I ask for more connection in the walk (medium walk), she tries to trot. I've done exercises such as halting after picking up the reins and doing lots of pick up the contact, let it back out, repeat. It's...
  9. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    Where do I start? I'm an intermediate rider, I just do it for fun and don't compete or anything, but I really, really, really love it. It's one of the highlights of my week. I am mostly learning dressage, maybe jumping at some point, and right now am working a lot on cantering. Last year in...
  10. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    I am a very experienced trainer and rider- I ride, train, coach and show hunters & jumpers. I'm new to this forum- I'm looking for advice and opinions and would also like to share the knowledge I have gained over the last nearly 25 years. In all the years I've done this I have never taken on a...
  11. Horse Talk
    Hey, I thought there should be a thread for this because the feeling when you get the perfect transition is amazing isn't it? So when I ride with 2 or more people, my horse acts perfectly fine, his transitions are lovely (walk to trot, trot to halt, walk to canter, trot to canter) but when we...
  12. Dressage
    OK I know it is a basic principle, but I have to ask because I am confused. When transitioning from a trot to a walk, I pretty much just sit from posting with a bit of a half halt and my horse will slow down. Is there a more correct way of doing this? As for canter to trot or walk, I am more...
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