Beginner Horsemanship with a Less-Trained Horse : Horse Riding Signals
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Beginner Horsemanship with a Less-Trained Horse : Horse Riding Signals

August 25, 2019


We’re going to discuss rider position and
a horses call it disposition or outlook on their training session. Our young horse here,
is starting to get a bit jiggy, and at times even in fact, sort of hop on us. The rider
gets a bit nervous, and starts to feel like they’re a bit at risk. Absolutely. You just
maybe, and we’re trying to decide how far can a rider go? But let’s talk about, and
we’ll ask this rider to stop here for a moment. I’d like to address the fact that we have
a higher energy horse, lots of us choose those, and want to know how to go about training
that higher energy animal. This horse wants to paw and stand restlessly. The horse is
programmed to move away from pressure, and to respond to the release of pressure. We’ve
covered that, and it makes a lot of sense when we’re trying to move that horse one direction
or another. But what I find with a lot of my new riders, when they reach this point
where their higher energy horse is starting to create this energy that’s unpredictable.
We need to asses what is the rider telling the horse through their leg? I’m going to
ask my rider to really relax, to put the foot less in the stirrup, let’s pull that foot
out. Let’s imagine that my fingers are underneath this rider’s foot, and she’s not allowed to
crush them. She’s going to try relax through her whole leg, not putting that pressure forward
that braces. Because when this horse, who’s very sensitive feels that rider start to brace,
she’s going to respond as though she’s asking. What do you want? What do you want? What do
you want? Because to her, any kind of pressure, any kind of tension is telling her to do something,
and she’s waiting for the release. So as my rider gets a little bit more comfortable,
she relaxes, takes a few nice, deep breaths, this horse is not being a bad horse, just
a bit higher energy. Now we’re going to ask her to move forward and try to get her back
on that correct forward path. But we need to take a minute and examine, is it us asking
the horse to do more, when we in fact think we’re asking the horse to do less. It’s a
nice skill when you can jump on any horse, high energy, low energy, and immediately read
their disposition. The more active my horse is, the less active I’m going to be. I do
need to be able to rely on my seat and my balance so that I’m not at risk when this
horse starts to dance and jig underneath me. We’ve decided this isn’t a dangerous horse,
it’s just one that’s going to require a much more advanced and skillful rider, if we’re
going to bring this together in a safe fashion.

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  1. I wouldt yank on her mouth like that, use two fingers and twist the reins in and imagine a brick wall your nearly about to walk into. This procdure is slow and does not yank on the bit making them stick their heads up.

    Training your horse to stand still takes alot of patientce and the best way starting to teach them just on lead rope and halter.this horse is not standing while being ridden so why are they pressuring her, when they could just start from scratch

  2. this video helps. you should a video on tips or ways you can, lessen your horses sensitivity underneath in the girth area, or anywhere! I would love to know if there's ways to toughen a sensitive horse. good video though!

  3. very true . . . however, a higher energy horse needs proper training to become more responsive. this horse is clearly not responsive to the rider's aids – she was impatient and constantly wanted to move or rear. if I owned that horse, I would be going back to basics with her.

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