So we’ve finally gotten back to our usual routine, and everything is going so well :) we switched Jay over to a hackamore (we never did before because we weren’t sure how he would go) and he’s been absolutely phenomenal. He loves it!! And when he’s happy I’m happy :)
Now I have to hit the gym to get back in shape for show season... 😂
How many times do you ride a week?
Usually like 5-6 times a week depending on the weather and how many horses I have to ride. If it’s only my show horse, then yes 5-6 times (unless we have a show) but if I’m riding other projects as well it can come to 7 with multiple rides a day
My pony has a small patch of hair gone near her back leg, what can it be?
It’s probably just a rub, but it could also be a skin condition. Are there bumps? Is it pink/white/discoloured? Is it scaly, crusty, or hard? Where specifically is it on your pony? If there’s nothing abnormal about it, other than it being a bald spot, and as long as your pony isn’t biting at it/excessively itching/ showing any signs of pain when you touch it it’s probably nothing major, but you should have someone look it over if you’re unsure.
Do you advise to have a more experienced rider to jump my horse higher than I usually do? I want to jump my horse 3 ft (he can jump up to 3’6) but I never jumped that high.
Best way to go into jumping a horse bigger is through gymnastics. There’s less potential of stopping and you falling off. I would definitely not do it without a trainer, however, especially if the highest you’ve jumped him is 2’3” :) that way you have someone professional on the ground to stop mistakes in their tracks and make it as safe as possible! X
Can you still ride your horse if he or she has thrown a shoe?
I wouldn’t do anything crazy, but as long as the horse has good feet and isn’t lame/stepping off it shouldn’t be a big deal. Especially if the footing is soft— I definitely wouldn’t suggest going hacking/riding in an arena with rocky footing or anything like that. It’s always best to check with a trainer/vet/farrier before doing so though, as you don’t want to cause any more damage :) just make sure to get the shoe back on as soon as possible!
What are your advice for slowing the pace of a thoroughbred ? I am using a regular snaffle and half halts, but doesn't help.
Try to stay off of the track as much as possible. Circles, poles, random patterns, (and a LOT of transition work) make it easier to control them, as well as taking their mind off of wanting to run. After all, they’re used to running around a track, right ;)? Make sure that with everything you do, you do on your terms. This doesn’t mean fight them on everything, because you really have to pick and choose your battles, but if you’re looking for a trot circle and they want to canter, you make sure you’re getting a TROT circle. Make sure they’re always going at the pace you want, when you want, even if that means that you only get one trot step between canter steps. The more you work on transitions, the easier it becomes. The horse also reads your body language, so if you ride them like old school horses, sometimes that’ll help as well. 👍🏻
I seem to be losing motivation for riding. I just got a new horse and she is amazing but I am struggling to find that passion to ride. Do you have any ideas to help me find motivation again?
Hmm... I went through this about a year ago, and the solution isn’t usually simple. I had a few things that worked for me: i gave up on trying to be perfect all the time and I used to just play around while I was riding instead of working on something all the time; I switched disciplines; I moved barns. Taking a break might also be beneficial :)
What should I do for my horse to jump completely straight, do you have any excerices?
I definitely would suggest V poles... they’ve been super helpful to me in the past. Another idea are poles placed strategically around the fence so that you can have an idea of where you should be landing/taking off in order to take the jump straight on.