Hunter/jumper rider and working student living in TX
Do you guys like big eq for buying horses?
Yes, if I'm looking for a higher level jumper. A lot of the horses on there are pretty expensive so I usually use equinenow more often for lower level horses or if I have a lower budget. But big eq is great if you know what you're looking for!
Tips on changing leads over jumps?
This is how I was trained to change my lead over the fence and this has worked on every horse I've ever jumped, whether it was trained by me/my trainer or not. Over the jump shift your weight to the outside stirrup to balance your horse and open your inside rein to turn their head. So if you were to be on the right lead trying to switch left you would shift your weight to the right and open your rein left. As for knocking rails because of it, as long as you aren't shifting so dramatically your horse is losing balance or pulling their head so hard that they're turning midair or right on landing you should be fine. Good luck!
How would start saddle breaking a horse that hasn't been exposed to the saddle?
Start by desensitizing them to a saddle pad until they're okay with it, then start by just putting your arms over their back and putting your weight on them without lifting up. That will get them used to a heavier weight on their bsck. Once they're good with that, put the saddle on with no stirrups and then take it off. Keep doing that until your horse is okay with it. Then put saddle (still no stirrups) on with girth and get them used to it. Once they're good with that start lunging them in the saddle with no stirrups. Then move onto lunging with saddle with stirrups and then once they are good on the lunge line like that you can start getting into harder stuff like riding.
How do I get my horse to stop pulling on me when lunging?
Lunge in a bridle and when he/she pulls pull back with all your weight until they stop pulling, then release the pressure and then if they try to stop make them keep going. It might take a few tries but I guarantee your horse will learn! Then, of course, once your horse lunges without pulling make sure you praise them so they know they're doing it right.
I am struggling with my endurance at the posting trot. Is there a type of cardio or exercise you all can recommend that has worked for you?
Walking on the treadmill at a high incline! It will really get your heart rate up and will be harder than running at 0 incline. Sprinting at an incline is great as well. For posting trot another great thing to do is work out your legs and abs, so I recommend squats, lunges, sit ups, crunches, planks and other workouts like that. Weightlifting in general is also very useful. Good luck!
How often should you ride or work with your horse on a daily basis ? Do you have any tips?
Depends on the horse. I flat my horses 3 times a week and jump twice so they have two days off, but that doesn't work for every horse. I would just keep how in shape the horse is, how old, etc in mind when deciding but I think 1-3 days off is enough for most horses.
I just moved to a new barn and I can be shy at first (not too shy though). I want to make friends with the people I ride with. Do you have any tips?
Ask questions about their horses! People love talking about their horses, and if you show you're friendly and interested in them and their horses they will be happy to talk to you and get to know you as well! Also, smiling and saying hi to everyone is so easy to do and it shows people you're approachable. Good luck!
I moved to a new barn and they tack up and groom my horse for me. I know this sounds stupid but I'm kind of shy to ask if I can do it myself. Do you have any tips? Would it be weird if I did ask?
Definitely not weird! I do it all the time. I would just go up to them and say "excuse me, do you mind if I tack up my horse myself? Thank you!" As someone who grooms for others on a daily basis, I always appreciate someone that tacks up their own horse.