Riding with soft hands is an awesome goal, and your horse will thank you for it. In this training tip, I'm going to give you both some simple physical exercises and also some fun mental exercises to help you achieve this goal.
Here are 2 physical exercises.
1. Tie two reins or ropes or even two pieces of baling twine to a sturdy fence. Hold the ropes as if they are reins. Take up a contact of at least 10 pounds in each hand. Then, adjust the weight…
Added by barbara righton on October 1, 2010 at 2:30am — No Comments
The Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) has been established as a Colorado non-profit organization by passionate members of the U.S. western horse community to combine the culture of the American western horse and the discipline of…
I have a Tennessee walker and she rides around the arena fine until she passes the gate. Then it happens, she starts to walk sideways in to the gate. I am a new rider so I'm not sure what to do. When I try to correct her she thinks I'm telling her to stop. How do I do it?
Your horse is simply gate sour and wants to stop at the gate and go out of it and back to the barn. All horses have this tendency, if not handled correctly, and it is sometimes…
Added by Julie Goodnight on September 24, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments
So I'm pretty new to blogging, but I decided that I had a super day today and it would be fun to at least document some of it. Today was Treasure's third show of the year (second show away from home) and he was absolutely brilliant!! I think today was the first time he went to a show and didn't spook at anything - a milestone for sure! He was a bit quick for the judge's liking in our Western…Continue
Added by Alaina M. on September 18, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Today was a beautiful day. I tried to work all my horses but only got a few done. Its all good though.
I did ground work with Fergie, (Painted Beauty), (my newest baby a 3 yo paint. The filly from my late paint mare, B (My Bayou Beauty). I got her completely green. So I am starting from scratch.)
I lunged Fergie in the arena with a western…Continue
Added by Amanda Hoss on September 17, 2010 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Attitude is a choice. You don't have to have a bad day. Here are 3 simple ways to insure that every ride you have with your horse is a great one!
1. Learn to see things in shades of grey.
Want to know how to have a great ride everyday? Stop expecting perfection. Don't look at training and competing in black or white terms. Instead, learn to see things in "shades of gray". The key to seeing shades of gray is to recognize…
Try to settle this discussion - please! Is posting on the correct "diagonal" only important in English riding? I always thought it was about the horse's balance in a bend....some say it's just not a "western thing"...and will post in a western saddle, but not with any regard for the diagonal???
You are correct that posting…
This morning's weather was marvelous, just in the 60's F when I rode. No ice vest, no Cool Cap. It felt odd.
After my last ride on Cider two weeks ago I put a lot of thought into how I could improve things. The first thing I did was change from the Wellep Lever Cheek single jointed snaffle to the regular Wellep Full Cheek single jointed…Continue
Added by Jackie Cochran on September 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments
One of the biggest mistakes riders make when we're trying to overcome horseback riding fears is that we direct our efforts toward the conscious mind. You know--willpower, iron-jawed determination. The problem with that strategy is that you can only make short-term, temporary changes when you direct your efforts to your conscious mind. To make permanent changes, direct your efforts to the part of your brain that truly determines your actions--your subconscious mind.…
Added by Jane Savoie on September 3, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments
Join Up – get your horse to catch you!
Have you ever gone into the paddock to catch your horse and your horse keeps running away from you?
Do you ever head to the paddock…Continue
Added by Lindsey Forkun on August 29, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments
Please Like Me! The Power of Non-Demanding Time
Develop the Partnership you have always dreamed for!
You can force horses to do many things, but forcing a horse to like and trust you is impossible. A horse…Continue
Added by Lindsey Forkun on August 27, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I have a 15-year old gelding – appaloosa/Clydesdale cross, Copper. My problem is that I am not confident enough to follow through with things that I ask him to do. This happens mainly when I ride him – he’s lazy and doesn't want to go, or doesn't want to go in the direction I want to go. That is partly because I don’t have a lot of experience with horses, but mostly because I saw Copper buck someone off that he didn't like, and I don’t want that to happen to me! I know that he…
Added by Julie Goodnight on August 27, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments
First, let me define rhythm and tempo. I want to do this because lots of dressage riders use those terms interchangeably and they don't mean the same thing.
Rhythm - Regularity of the rhythm refers to the even spacing between each step in a stride of walk, trot or canter. Regular rhythm is a priority for all work--whether or not you're riding a pure dressage horse. Movements and exercises should never be done at the expense of rhythm. Rhythm should always stay…
I came across a book recently that talked about the comfort snaffle. I was surprised to learn that snaffles are not exactly what they are supposed to be and some bits that I thought were snaffles (like the Tom Thumb) are not snaffles, nor are they mild. I have noticed at times some of our horses pulling on the reins and opening their mouths. From what I read it was saying that…
Message from Aidan – the Alpha Mare
Whew! Has it been hot, humid and buggy or what! Good weather for napping or just grazing – whichever. Haven’t been on the trail in…
Added by Horse Play on August 9, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments
It's completely reasonable that you might have some fear when horseback riding. After all, you’re dealing with a reactive (reactive means bolt, spin, buck, shy, or rear!) animal that outweighs you by a lot! But you can solve those horseback riding fears by adopting an attitude of gratitude.
The first thing you need to remember is that 99% of the things you fear never come to pass. So why waste all that energy worrying about things that will probably never happen. Mark…Continue
This Week in Horse History - August 2nd Through August 8th
August 3rd, 1863 - Saratoga Racecourse opened in Saratoga Springs, New York. The opening meet was organized by John Morrisey, John Hunter, William Travers, and Leonard Jerome. Because it was so successful, it was repeated the following year, and was moved across a street so that the track could be…Continue
Added by Paige Cerulli on August 2, 2010 at 8:00am — No Comments