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  1. Thanks all, this helps a ton. First time handling...

    Thanks all, this helps a ton. First time handling a greenie all by myself. :) I do take lessons, but not with her yet as I am not brave enough yet to haul out to a public barn with competitive...
  2. What do you work on with your green horses?

    Hi all,
    So my horse has been under saddle approximately 30 days now, being worked 2-3 days a week. (I know not much, but work beckons. On top of blazing hot weather!) She is now broke W/T/C, whoa,...
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    Both of my horses have thick muscles on the...

    Both of my horses have thick muscles on the underside of their necks. But they also crib a ton. I suppose that counts as an under neck workout.
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    Yes I have, but some judges don't take kindly to...

    Yes I have, but some judges don't take kindly to it. :) Good luck!
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    He looks very relaxed and happy, I like his...

    He looks very relaxed and happy, I like his canter. I agree with above, and there is a bit too much movement through the hands, especially with the sitting trot. Bringing your elbows closer to your...
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    I am teaching my green horse now how to canter. I...

    I am teaching my green horse now how to canter. I pushed her up into a forward trot, until she felt like she wanted to canter, then slid my leg back and kissed, and we slipped right into it. I try to...
  7. Funnily enough, I get told a lot - "Don't think,...

    Funnily enough, I get told a lot - "Don't think, just do." It tends to spiral downhill for me when I think too hard about what I'm trying to do. Or what I'm trying NOT to do. And when I get...
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    I feel your pain and frustration. My old fella...

    I feel your pain and frustration.
    My old fella (22 years old) is an arab. He is absolutely beautiful and is an amazing mover. My non-horse friend once said that if a unicorn decided to have a...
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    Tie your stirrup iron to your girth. Just...

    Tie your stirrup iron to your girth. Just kidding...
    I've actually heard rumors of this being done to teach riders to keep their leg at the girth, but have never witnessed.
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    Just thought I would update. We now have great...

    Just thought I would update. We now have great power steering and whoa for two rides, even with the distractions of other horses lessoning in the ring. Funnily enough, the ticket for the mare was...
  11. I think just sitting down with her and explaining...

    I think just sitting down with her and explaining things is the best. Sometimes you have to use a little sugar to sweeten the situation too. Bring wine, lol. It is a competitive business, and...
  12. Barring physical issues, this is what I find too....

    Barring physical issues, this is what I find too.

    A few old schoolies I've gotten on that wouldn't canter I've had to hold together with strong half halts, then give a strong push with my seat....
  13. Point billets might help, along with an...

    Point billets might help, along with an anatomical girth. My mutton withered wide horse has a very forward girth groove on top of being a beach ball. I have a Smith Worthington and like it quite a...
  14. I ride better through the sitting trot as well....

    I ride better through the sitting trot as well. My legs can get sort of spastic while posting and bounce on the horse's sides. I'm able to keep a more consistent contact through my leg while sitting...
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    I've always paid my own show fees if I wanted a...

    I've always paid my own show fees if I wanted a horse to show, back when I was too poor to own one. The only times the owner has paid show fees was when it was a sales horse they wanted to get more...
  16. LOL. They have home tests for that now, no...

    LOL. They have home tests for that now, no worries.

    Many people choose to spray bare handed, but that is because they don't realize the satisfaction that can come with gloving. Gloves also come...
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    Well I ground drove to rehash things, and she did...

    Well I ground drove to rehash things, and she did great, very calm and listening. I can start introducing some lateral work if that will help. I wonder if it's an anxiety issue without me on the...
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    Thanks all, tried again last night with more...

    Thanks all, tried again last night with more weight aids and kind of trying to make the steering her idea (i.e. she turns right, I ask at the same to turn right.) Still persistent with the tiny...
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    Oh ok, I might not have been using enough rein...

    Oh ok, I might not have been using enough rein aids, I know the trainer said I'll need to exaggerate my aids until she gets it, but I wasn't sure how much. I've been mostly riding my gelding lately,...
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    Hmm, probably is my muddy aids, I know I'm not...

    Hmm, probably is my muddy aids, I know I'm not always quick enough to catch things either when they start to go south. She did get it more towards the end, but was pretty pissed about the whole...
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    Steering the green horse

    So, dumb question... How long does it normally take for them to learn?

    My green mare (first week riding under saddle off the lunge line) seems very content doing tiny circles and it is hard to...
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    I get told, ride the gait first before riding the...

    I get told, ride the gait first before riding the movement. Make sure you have a good working gait first before asking for lateral movement. I also find that if I draw my leg back more (the one...
  23. Yup, and this is what riding is all about....

    Yup, and this is what riding is all about. Learning and enjoying every experience, good and bad.
    I can totally relate to the nervousness. I get quite stiff when I am nervous. It's taken me years of...
  24. Interesting. So how do you get the horse to do a...

    Interesting. So how do you get the horse to do a desired response without applying some sort of pressure? I always thought horses were more pressure and release animals, based on the amount of...
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    I've had humpy horses that escalate the humps to...

    I've had humpy horses that escalate the humps to mini bucks to big bucking because they felt my seat flopping around up there like a dead fish. Now I try to sit a little tighter. I used to ride a lot...
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