What can we do to stop a horse from pulling on the reins? My horse always has so much energy that when I ride her she’s always pulling on the reins.
you should try lunging before rides or if you have a free arena let her run loose once a week. if that doesn't work, try letting her canter or trot putting your reins completely forward and let her go until she gets tired. also, you could try squeezing your hands and wiggiling your reins when you ride to give her something to focus on
What does it mean when the horse "drops it shoulder" and "falls in" and how can you help the horse not to do it?
if a horse drops in or leans its shoulder, it means that on circles and when bending, its weight is mostly on the inside, causing the horse to become off balanced. you can fix this by raising your inside hand, using inside leg, and making sure you're sitting balance and tall
How would you go about setting up a fitness routine/conditioning for your horse (specifically for a 3-ring (hunters, eq, and jumpers) upcoming A circuit shower)?
besides from working with amounts of grain, grass, and hay, id take it step by step and create plans based on what you want to condition. spend a good amount of time working on engaging and building up hind end, another on lengthening and shortening, and whatever else you feel needed. a set schedule with routines prepared in advance can really help!
How can I be more conscious of my leg and where it is placed when riding?
im not sure if this will make sense, but my trainer explained it really well to me when working on leg. grab your horses mane, stand up in your stirrups (half seat), and lean back until you can sit up and your leg can support you. maybe youtube videos about proper leg placement? as for remembering where your leg goes, take a day and dedicate it to thinking about your leg. at the walk, trot, and canter, think about keeping your leg in the still position
How can you learn to a horse to respond to both legs? My mare responds to left leg but not at all the right, we think her past owner may have ridden poorly and she learned to ignore it.
id start by using a little spur or stick on her right side so she starts to notice and respond to that leg. after she responds, work with that for a little and then slowly transition off the added aids. in addition, lots of bending, circles, and odd patterns might be helpful when trying to make sure she's listening. hope this helps! 💓