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  • Rachael Keish
    Apr 1, 2008
      I completely agree with Siobhan, both on the lessons and importance of
      balance/getting off the forehand (although my lessons unfortunately
      cost more than hers! Despite the long commute its good to live in Reno
      some times, eh? :-)

      For example, balance and training is why I only take Brandee (the
      horse I lease) through the heads at a trot - I want her to do the
      course correctly. At the trot this means staying off the
      forehand/light on the reins and leg yielding through the course based
      on my seat aids. But at the canter this means all of the above AND
      either counter cantering (keeping one lead through the heads even when
      she is turning the opposite way) or doing flying lead changes. Its
      not fair at this point in her training to ask her to do either of
      these - therefore I don't. Your mileage may vary! But when she is
      ready to do the heads *correctly* I will do the course at the canter.

      On a rental/unfamiliar horse, I assess their balance and ability that
      day and ride the horse accordingly - not expecting them to know this
      stuff out of the shoot even if they are balanced & OK with
      counter-cantering. But as Siobhan said, training/lessons and practice
      are the key to any activity we do, horse owner or no.
      :-), Marguerite

      On Tue, Apr 1, 2008 at 10:48 AM, mark murphy <dkarp@...> wrote:
      > Being light on the forehand. This allows the horse to make turns and
      > stay balanced.
      > English or western, it involves the _rider_ learning to stay off the
      > horse's mouth, use the leg and weight shifts, turn your head (long
      > explaination but basically, if you turn your head where you want to go,
      > your weight will shift signifcantly, cueing your horse).
      > So, IMHO, the thing we all need to do is work on _our_ riding skills
      > so our horses can perform better. TAKE LESSONS! I do, Connor does.
      > Always something new to learn or improve on. It is worth the 50.00
      > /hour!
      > Example: Had a heck of a time last summer getting Ebony to make turns
      > in the jumping course quickly enough. This is BAD when you want to
      > gallop cross country full out and have to negotiate ditches, sagebrush
      > and juniper trees!
      > Was the problem that my horse was not listening? Not really. The
      > problem was that (A) I was not looking at my turn soon enough and (B) I
      > was not picking up my hand correctly so he knew I meant it NOW.
      > Result when I did it right? We floated over an 12 jump course -
      > including the combination of bounces, one stride, two stride, like they
      > were not there and everyone went "OOOOOH".
      > Extended result? We can gallop cross county full out and he and I do
      > not part company because I cue him with body and hand and I listen to
      > what his body is telling me about where he is negotiationg the terrain
      > (left or right around the tree? through or over that big sagebrush?)
      > His job is to watch what is right in front of him and my job is to look
      > ahead - "Hey Eb, there is a coop coming up" is important for him to
      > know when he is busy galloping through the brush and making sure we do
      > not fall in a hole!
      > In the games (to get back to Elese's question) he no longer falls down
      > going around the turns on the heads course - he has learned to use his
      > butt to balance and I have learned to help him do it better. He can
      > stay straight on the rings and jousting because he listens to my weight
      > shifts - and I have learned how to more and more subtilely cue him.
      > This summer I will be taking my 5yo mare with me so we can work on
      > teaching her collection and learning to jump. Yes, I know how to teach
      > it to her - that is what all the days between lessons are for! - but I
      > am a big fan of having a trainer to watch and correct.
      > Connor will be learning to jump more than he did last summer and
      > working on improving his seat and hands.
      > I encourage everyone to take lessons - esp. if you do not own a
      > horse. The better a rider you are, the more you can do with a strange
      > horse.
      > SnS
      > What is one skill that you can work on the every level of horse to
      > help
      > it participate/be competetive in our games/activities/combat?
      > Provide
      > detail on why and how you get it.
      > Else
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