1. If your horse has a passage-y trot or talent for piaffe, don't wait until I2 to play with it. In other words, the levels aren't necessarily linear, but the training is... make sense?
2. For 60 minutes out of 24 hours, the horse can learn to work. In other words, don't under-employ your horse. She/he should march along, be sharp to the aids, should work uphill a little bit more each day, etc. Expect less and you'll get less (this is you as well as your horse).
3. Every day your horse is sound/uninjured is a precious day.
4. Chances are great that if you're the owner/rider, you know your horse. Sometimes, better than your trainer/shoer/veterinarian. Trust your gut.
5. You feel uphill movement in your crotch. Sounds crude! But uphill isn't a raised head, it's the feeling of raised withers, making your legs feel like they've moved slightly back on your horse's barrel as his croup lowers. In this kind of frame, it feels like the horse can do anything at any moment with only the slightest of rider aids. It's heaven.
5a. It's OK to love on your horse while keeping the boundaries! They get it.
it's not the edge of the earth, but you can see it from here
1) In the early days, a through back feels like the horse is about to poop.
2) there is a fine line between exhuberant excellence and a humped back about to buck
3) A tiny horse feels 17h tall when he is through.
4) It doesn't get easier. SOME things become easier, but more become harder. The higher you go, the more you expect from yourself and your horse. The reactions have to be quicker, the aids less, and faster, the balance, better... I truly thought it was supposed to get easier, and it doesn't, it gets harder.
3 Don't be afraid to back off one day, when things are not going right, and find something else to do, something easy.
4 Consistancy is important. Patient persistence pays off.
5 Remember the movements are not the end, in and of themselves, but structural building blocks for the next level. So if you want that canter transition to happen, perfect that S/I, Having problems with half pass, work that H/I. Trouble with changes, back to quiet transitions.
And a sixth ,really hard one as we age. We have to stay fit, fit, fit.
Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.
1. For YOUR learning, an 18 y.o. schoolmaster is a better purchase than a nice 3 y.o. with potential.
2. Find the best instructor that you can and take as many lessons as possible on a horse that is trained to a higher level than you currently ride. (Doesn't have to be a GP schoolmaster. If you ride at TL, lesson on a 1st or 2nd lvl horse if possible.)
3. In front of the leg = responsiveness to your subtle leg aids. If your horse does not respond to subtle leg aids, he is not in front of your leg.
4. You have nothing if you do not have forward. (caveat: forward does not mean fast)
5. Having a trainer keep your horse "tuned up"/on the right track will make it easier for you to learn and your horse will understand his job better. You will also learn by watching how your trainer works with your horse. Take regular lessons and have your trainer hop onto your horse frequently.
1. Always put your horse first. They do the most work.
2. Rewards go a long way.
3. If a horse is pushing down on you with his head...get his shoulders up...or anything attempted will be awful or a complete failure.
4. Disobedience/unwillingness isn't always mental...rule out all possibility of physical discomfort.
5. can't think of number 5
1. A good trainer isn't necessarily the one that pushes you the hardest or makes you buy the most expensive horse. A good trainer knows you and your horse, and pushes you to do better than the day before.
2. A good trainer also knows when this is just not the "day", and when to quit when you're ahead. And the difference between "leaving it for another day" and "wimping out".
3. An good trainer knows the difference between teaching and handholding, and teaches their students to think and to be able work through issues themselves.
4. As an adult amatuer with a FT job, there are days when an after work amble up a trail is better for you and the horse than trying to train.
5. The more you learn, the more you realize you don't know.
"Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."
1. Always have forward. When in doubt, check the forward.
2. If there is a problem, back to basics. Stop. go. steer.
3. Ride all transitions uphill. Ride downward transitions uphill.
4. Feel what the hind legs are doing. They will come into your hand when the horse is through.
5. Trust your gut, love your horse, always learn.
1. Don't let a grazing animal make decisions for you.
2. Just as nagging your spouse is ineffective, so is nagging your horse. State what you want clearly.
3. You're training your horse at every moment, whether you're thinking about it or not.
4. There's no substitute for riding on the longe.
5. It's not okay to use your whip in anger or frustration.
Your elbows belong to you and your wrists belong to the horse
If you are exhausted and your legs feel like Jello, KEEP GOING! It is when we are tired that our bodies actually relax and learn. **
If you feel like you are leaning back, you are probably nice and straight.
Pick your battles. You don't always have to make a point. This especially goes for any Iberian type horses.
Pick your trainer for what they know and what they can teach, not for how well known they are. Oftentimes the best trainers can be found working in a different discipline -- ask questions, learn WHAT they know and don't overlook them!
** paraphrased from a post on a list.
Last edited by Roan; May. 22, 2008 at 10:03 PM.
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