What are your advices on teaching a horse to ride out alone?
Try riding with one other horse, slowly creating distance between you. Have the other horse go ahead or behind on the trail, and then come back to your horse. Increase this distance until they are comfortable being by themselves
What are your tips to get the motion of jumping and move with the horse?
Try starting out by getting into your two point a couple strides before the fence (at the trot) grab a bit of mane, stay with your horse and get the motion down, and stay in your two point a few strides after the fence. This helps you get the motion without trying too hard to start your two point at the right time.
I have a horse who tosses his head in any kind of work. I’ve gotten his teeth floated in May of 2017 and is on the list to be checked this month. Do you have any ideas of how I can help him?
I ride with my hands low, wide and as still as possible to act as side reins. If it is not lack of comfort or a bit they don't like they will usually relax their head and neck towards the end of the first ride.
When I’m trotting, my pony throws her head up a lot. She got her teeth done in January and I got a new bridle and bit and she was riding ok in it until recently, do you have any advice?
Although its easy to blame this on tack (which it very well may be) I would try a different bit and see if it helps. Otherwise, try to keep your hands low and wide while riding, keep your hands still to somewhat act as side reins. Let the pony throw its head, usually if it just a behavioural issue they will stop the head throwing and relax into the contact. I recently did this with a horse and by the end of one ride she was relaxed realizing that the reins were not moving and pulling on her mouth.
I screwed up, now my horse rears whenever we tighten the reins, how do I correct him (he's not in pain, he's misbehaving because I let him one time)?
I would lunge him with side reins, slowly shortening them, not to be painful but enough to make him uncomfortable with the length then simply push him forward when he acts up. This way you are much safer
Ask<span class='mention__link' data-url='/wall/mention/cedricshowjumping/'></span> : How many times a week is it advisable to jump a horse that is experienced? And does it need to jump high? Sorry if I have a bad english I'm from Spain hah
Horses really only need to be jumped once a week and do not need to be jumped high this often. I would jump high only once every two weeks or less. Cross rails and small verticals are enough to train technique, and fitness. Flat work and pole work are most beneficial.
My horse isn't head shy but she doesn't like it when I touch her ears or anywhere close to that part of her head. How can I fix this and let her feel like she can trust me?
I just do pressure and release with just rubbing and scratching closer to their ears, take your hand away or even treat when they stand nicely, keep your hand there if they throw their head or get fidgety
Have you got tips to be more relaxed when riding? I tense up when I feel my horse is going to be silly, which makes the problem worse!
I dont know if you already do this but riding with friends can really help. Even riding with a trainer we can get nervous, but sometimes if a friend is there it can help to calm your nerves. Even just knowing that you being tense will not help is good. It is hard not to anticipate, but try to trust the horse and just focus on rhythm and what is happening next.