Just finished reading this great blog (Riding a Hot Horse) from Lorna Leeson of Strides for Success and wanted to know what your tips/tricks are for handling an excitable horse?

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VERY light contact.  I let the horse tell me how much contact he is comfortable with.  One of the hottest horses I've ridden, at first, only accepted the lightest contact.  All through my first ride I felt like my reins were a strand of cobweb, and if I "broke" the cobweb I would have a bolting horse.  By the end of the ride he accepted slightly stronger contact, then started the search for a bit he would gladly accept.  In the end he accepted my contact just fine, I just had to build up to it gradually and keep him comfortable.

Strong contact often irritates hot horses.  Take a strong contact on a hot horse and sooner or later the rider can get at least one episode of the horse starting to run away.  The stronger you pull the faster the horse can gallop.  It took just one time for my first horse to teach me this!  After that I've made good and sure to avoid dead and unforgiving pulls on the reins.   

First make sure that you are not holding tension or bracing in any part of your body.  It's a perfectly normal reaction to want to 'hold' the horse with our reins which results in braced arms and shoulders, which travels down the spine and into the seat and legs.  And, the ride often holds her breath as well. That creates a lot of pressure that the horse wants to get away from.  Breathe. Maintain light contact with your legs just dropping out of your hips.  Soften your seat muscles and lower back.  Keep soft, consistent contact with the reins.  Half halt with your breath by lifting and inflating and softening your chest not by pulling on the reins.  Second, ride the horse on a circle going in the direction of his bend.  So, if he has a right bend, circle right.  If he has a left bend, circle left.  Then with very quiet hands (keep them floating over his withers) and legs, gradually make the circle smaller by turning your belly button slightly in.  The smaller circle helps to slow the horse down as long as you keep him balanced and straight poll to tail.

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I am still looking on how to read this blog...if you have any link? I have looked at her website already.

A trick that always worked for me was to simply mount my horse. I would stand next to her until she calmed down to a point where I could mount her, then I would get on the saddle and simply sit there. It would teach her to calm down. It honestly helped a lot! 

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Just take it slow and let the horse get used to you being around, do slow gentle movements and make sure the horse is comfortable. If you train the horse long enough to feel ok with you being around, things should eventually change!

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First make sure that you are not holding tension or bracing in any part of your body.

The first part of this is making sure your horse is not running away from anything causing him discomfort or pain.  This means checking him thoroughly for any medical or health issues as well as back or muscular problems.  Then ask a professional to check your tack and of course, have his teeth seen to on a regular basis.

Once you have covered all possible outside influences, we can begin to look at what you can actively do to retrain your horse to happily accept your leg.  To do this, I think it bears mentioning that you must have an independent seat and a knowledge of how your legs must be correctly applied and the correct result or outcome to this application.



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