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When your horse "gets it"

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  • When your horse "gets it"

    I've own a six year old arab/paso cross. He has a bit of an unfortunate conformation. He's got a bit of a long back, he's ewe necked, and he ALWAYS travels inverted. I've had him since he was 4 months old, and he that is just how he goes. He's also a bit on the lazy side. Ok, he's a lot on the lazy side.

    I rode him on Sunday, and he was HOT HOT HOT! Which is Very unusual for him. So, I put that energy to work, and we worked on serpentines, leg yeilding, a little bit of shoulder in (it's amazing what he can do while inverted), and then I put hiim on a 20 meter circle and worked on asking him to give me his back. It took about 5 minutes, and all the sudden the light bulb clicked on. Up came the back and withers, down came the head, and I got IMPULSION!!! Wow! Never have I felt this with the boy. We worked for about another 5 minutes, going both ways, and stopped. All total, I may have gotten of 2.5 circles of proper movement, but what a nice development.

    I gave him Monday off, and then on tuesday, it was like I owned a different animal. In the 25 minutes I rode, I may have had 1 minute of inverted horse. The rest of the time, he spent moving his head, neck, and back around trying to find the most comfortable spot for him. I just let him cruise around and figure it out on his own. I felt like my horse had grown two inches.

    Yesterday we went out on the trail, and not once did he turn into a giraffe. I always figured getting correct movement and carriage would be something that improved over time. I wasn't expecting to just click like that. What fun!

  • #2
    I love the ah-ha moments. Both when the horse "gets it" or I do.


    • #3
      My horse does this sort of thing. He'll be going along, improving slightly, some good days and some bad. All of a sudden he gets awkward, wiggly, head moving around, uncoordinated... about 3 days later he suddenly busts out with something new - a new lengthening ability, more impulsion, really lifting his back, half steps, whatever. Once he figures it out for himself, it's just THERE. Very cool.

      Congrats on progress with your horse.
      Originally posted by Silverbridge
      If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.


      • #4
        Congratulations! A momentous discovery for your horse-how exciting!


        • #5
          a day off (or multiple) can make a HUGE difference, gave my mare 10 days off this summer, came back and it was a new and improved version of her. her walk was like a totally different gait. as far as training goes, best feeling ever! feeling the horse have their "a ha!" moment is very satisfying as a rider/trainer


          • #6
            Originally posted by cadance View Post
            a day off (or multiple) can make a HUGE difference, gave my mare 10 days off this summer, came back and it was a new and improved version of her. her walk was like a totally different gait. as far as training goes, best feeling ever! feeling the horse have their "a ha!" moment is very satisfying as a rider/trainer
            Boy I do love latent learning


            • #7
              Congratulations! I love those moments x


              • #8
                Thanks for sharing this!!! How wonderful for HIM and for YOU!!! Enjoy!