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  1. General Riding queries
    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?
  2. Horse Health
    My 4 year old TB has been a slow moving horse, but I got on her the other day after two weeks off due to some health issues and she seemed rather forward moving. I was pleasantly surprised. She normally doesn't want to trot, but she seemed rather eager to this time. In fact, for a while she even...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    School horse, 20yrs old, VERY quiet and forgiving. I had her now for six lessons and every time I asked her to trot (takes some convincing) she pins her ears. She then trots okay and is generally very obedient, save for cutting corners here and there or wanting to turn the opposite direction, I...
  4. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    So yesterday was my very first lesson (since middle school *8 1/2 yrs ago* . I only rode 3 western lessons and one equestrian western camp the furthest I went was trotting). I don't consider my middle school experience any kind of experience so I'd like to call this my first time since it's my...
  5. Horse Videos
    Hey guys, just another cold spring morning training I wanted to share with you, hope you enjoy. :pinkunicorn:
  6. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    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...
  7. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hello, I recently picked up Saddlebred who was previously on the road. He's about 10, registered, and his sire is pretty well known in the show ring with lines to Attache. I realize my horse's body my be broken down from being on the road, but I still hold out hope he might be able to be fun...
  8. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Was riding in a field today. Ground was good! Like sand in an arena, really. My mare is feeling good (or at least I thought)! So we were trotting around and then I thought she was going into a canter, her head goes up (like normal) but instead of more forward movement, she planted her feet!! I...
  9. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi everyone! So I have a sort of long and hopefully a non-complicated question. First, it should be known that my horse is an 8 year old Quarter horse/Paint. I've been riding for about 2 years...(maybe a little shy of 2 years). I'm having trouble with my lope transitions with my horse. His...
  10. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hello! I have been riding hunt seat for three years and am just now starting to learn to sit the trot. The delay is because I had been riding a very bouncy, jaunty, uncomfortable OTTB (in my avatar and my "barn") and was just concentrating on different aspects of riding. Now that I've switched...
  11. Horse Riding Critique
    I know, not quite as interesting as a jumping critique :wink:, but I haven't been able to have lessons since August and my riding has been somewhat sporadic so I haven't been doing a lot of jumping. I know that Navigator and I have a lot of problems, but I'd love to get some feedback from...
  12. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi everyone! How would you teach a gaited (Icelandic) horse to trot? I have seen her trot in the paddock like once or twice, but never in handwork or with rider. Her preferred gait is pace, but she also chooses to tölt from time to time. But the thing is, that I cannot even think of possibly...
  13. General Riding queries
    I can never seem to post on the correct diagonal. I don't have a round pen, I do all my riding either in the pasture or out on the trails- so I don't know which side is the outside leg, since there is no circle for me to be able to tell. I mean, technically, when I'm riding in the pasture, it...
  14. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    As I wrote in this forum earlier this year, I adopted an 11-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse mare, Jubilee, from a horse sanctuary. She was born Ebony's Midnight Jubilee, and was shown briefly before becoming a brood mare for a few years and then was about to be put up for auction (on account of...
  15. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    Hello all! After a little over a year and a half's break from riding due to being abroad, I decided a couple of weeks ago to take a jump and start half leasing a horse! Well.... my riding is not anything like it was before I took the break! Before the hiatus, I was cantering through a small...
  16. English Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    I haven't been able to ride all winter due to bad weather and complications with my horses health. Recently I had a lesson (on a different horse) to touch up on any forgotten skills. A big problem I noticed was that in the trot my leg moved around a lot. My instructor said this was because I...
  17. 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...
  18. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi, I'm having trouble with my riding routine. Like I go out for rides but I never know what to do! I try to tackle any problems she might have, but she really has any they're more about on the ground stuff that doesn't require much exercise. We get bored easily because there's no extra fun...
  19. General Riding queries
    Hi eveyone, I ride a Western lesson horse. Everytime I try to do a leg yield, he thinks I want to speed up. Whenever I slow him, he just gets confused about what I want. Does anyone know what I shoulod do?
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