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Started by Barbara F.. Last reply by Joe Robertson May 18.
Started by Cathy Gourlay Apr 4.
This is what I do for downward transitions. This is NOT what everybody else seems to do. In detail--remember all the parts of my body are working at the same time.
With my hands, as the horse's head comes up and my hands come back I apply my hand aid by squeezing my fingers gently. Right before the horse's head reaches its highest point start I relax my fingers and start moving my hands forward and move them a little bit more forward than usual at the canter. This gives the horse room to stretch out into a walk.
At the same time I step down in my stirrups, lengthen my legs, raise my chest, "become taller" and sort of relax my seat in the saddle.
I might add a LIGHT leg aid with both legs as the horse's head starts going down and my hands mov forward, and I release my leg aid immediately.
I do not drive my horse into a resisting bit. I do not oppose any of my horse's movements. I never use a rein aid when the horse's head is moving forward. By applying my rein aids as the horse's head is moving up and back I am telling the horse to switch some of its weight back on its rear end. I apply my leg aids from the time the hind legs land until the cannons become vertical to the ground. This sort of roots the hind legs into the ground, with the hocks flexing. This part of the stride lasts only a split second, I apply the aid and release immediately.
Practice this, it may take a while, and you might have to slow the canter down first and use a slightly harder hand aid to go down to the walk. Remember to release your aids right after you apply them, both hand and leg.
Note, I apply my hand aids BEFORE I apply my leg aids. As I said I do not do this like most riders.
May success come soon.
I love the idea of an adult pony club. I have been having one of the almost teens at my barn help me when we can get together and she shows me games etc. that she has learned at pony club. I find I loose some of my fear issues when I am really focused on something and my horse soon relaxes then also. I have been riding for a few years now but still feel like a beginner because of this fear factor going up and down. I've had several trainers help me also BUT, I keep finding when I'm regressing and having a harder time, I have to go back to playing with 'things' to get us moving again.
We have an adult club in the area called "Saddle Sisters" but they seem to mostly be experienced casual riders.
This group has gotten pretty active again. Nice!!!
We live in Ontario - have 2 donkeys / 2 ponies / 2 nany goats / 2 horses / 2 toy poddles (great farm/watch dogs).........hmmm sounds like the Noahs Ark! We also run a small private boarding barn
hi molly! quite a group you have to watch over! i have a geriatric greyhound, who unfortunately has been diagnosed with liver cancer. and my 2 hano/tb babies, who are 5 and 3. the 3 yr old was for my daughter, who is 'too busy' to ride, so i am riding both, working full time--- and generally very tired! but i do love them. i recently responded to a friend who breeds and who had a client looking for a shorter wb. so maybe i will be left with one, which will be sad but more manageable.
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