Exercising with your Horse!
1. Choose a horse that has a natural rhythm and balance. A horse that constantly changes his neck position—comes above the bit, behind the bit, etc—usually is naturally unbalanced or has had incorrect training.
2. Use a simple bridle with a flash noseband and a double-jointed bit that fits well.
3. Never mount the horse, thinking, “Today we are going to practice this exercise.” Horses go differently every day, so adapt to the situation that you have that day. If the horse is tense, we don’t go ahead and practice a certain exercise, but work on getting him loose. Instead of having practiced an exercise, we have achieved an optimal “riding feel,” which is even better.
4. If you feel that today your horse is going especially well–he is totally balanced, smooth, supple and in front of the aids–don’t hesitate to do an exercise your youngster hasn’t practiced yet. Do it playfully, don’t force it.
5. Teach your horse to walk on a long rein when you get on. The back muscles will release the best by doing this. If the horses is too fresh, he needs some turnout or longeing before riding.
6. Be consistent in your dealing with your horse. Horses feel more comfortable when they have a clear leader.
7. Give your horse lots of breaks at the walk on the buckle.
8. Make sure your horse has enough power and energy when working with him. Twenty-three hours of pasture every day might cut down his energy, but 23 hours in the stall might not be good either.
Always end a session positively and walk on the buckle Again.
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