I ride English and Western;I'm still learning and still learning to jump. I hope to lease Cochise soon💚
How would I relax quickly at a new yard? I’m having a job trial at a yard with high level KWPN dressage horses and I’m really nervous as to how people are going to think of me there
Also, just get to know a few people who are nice. It’s good to talk and have sort of an inner circle where you’re comfortable, especially if you feel uncomfortable or need someone to talk to
Do you prefer mares or geldings and why? Just wondering 😋
Personally, I prefer geldings. They all have different personalities. Mates are too stubborn and pushy tbh. But some geldings are the same way. The gelding I used to ride wasn’t pushy but normally stubborn. He was a speed demon. He didn’t care to be pet unless he was itchy. So it depends on the horse, but I definitely think geldings fit me better.
What are some advice to show your horse that you are the boss?
I like to think that the horse and rider are a team. Once you work together your ride is 100x better. You can achieve this by creating a bond with your horse or furthering it (spend time with them, give treats, personally groom and tack up and feed, walk them on trails by lead rope or even under saddle, spend time in the pasture, etc.). You need your horse to gain your trust and vice versa. You can do this by doing ground work, practicing R+, practicing liberty, and free lunging/round penning. And join ups are 100% possible. But the most important part of gaining your horse’s trust is this: pain is not tolerable. Punishment and penalty are two different things. Punishment may be a crack of the whip, yanking the reins, spanking anything painful to the horse. Penalty is backing up and starting over, no treat, something fun taken away. Physically punishing your horse (yelling counts as punishment) will only make it worse. A horse can sense your anger and yelling makes him uneasy. Horses have more nerve endings than humans do, meaning they feel more pain much easier. After your horse has gained your trust and created a bond, he’ll follow you places and want to do things with you. After this is established, you can communicate with your horse. If your horse refuses an aid, don’t fight him or punish him, go around and practice it again. If he does it or gets better at all, reward him. Rewarding good behavior is so important. I hope this helps :) -Taylor
Do you have any tips to canter a horse who hadn't for a while? I haven’t cantered my pony in a while and I’m nervous to canter her
*when I say don’t pull the reins, just use body language and aids, the rein aid would be half halts or completely transitioning down.
How do you guys like to do your trot to canter transitions and do you have personal preferences of techniques, cues, etc.?