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27th Jun 2002, 08:01 AM
Need help! Now my yongster and I are back on track after our various problems we are schooling for around 30 minutes a night. When she was in schooling livery she was working in a nice outline and going on the bit. Now however we just seem to be trundling along not particularly in harmony. She doesn't really bend round my leg and I'm doing lots of serpantines and figures of eights and transitions, but we just can't get it together. I know we could do with a few lessons, but I'm being very conscious of my position and how I am riding.
What can I do to get her self carriage the way it was?
27th Jun 2002, 09:19 AM
Lessons would be your biggest help. You say youngster - how young? She may be having a growth spurt again and they often seem to take a step back at these times. She may also be a bit sick of the schooling area, if you can manage try taking her for some short hacks as it often gives the impulsion a much needed boost. Lunging and long-reining will also help, they are not just for breaking in and exercise, both my horses are lunged and long-reined at least once a week. My 'youngster' (she's 7yo now but we still call her the baby!) has Monday as her day off, Tuesday and Wednesday ridden schooling work, Thursday lunge/long rein, Friday ridden schooling work, Saturday & Sunday hack out or schooling or competing. Schooling sessions for her are usually around 30 minutes, the older mare (13yo) works about 45 minutes per session.
27th Jun 2002, 09:44 AM
she's just turned 5 but was only backed in October.
If we lunge the schooling session is longer, she works very well on the lunge. Currently we are doing flat ridden work and pole work on the lunge.
Due to her nappiness I am only taking her out when the roads are quiet because she can be a bit skittish and I can't sit it out with her as she just tries to rear and and spin round - I am trying to school her so she longs to go out!
27th Jun 2002, 09:55 AM
Another way of getting her a bit more lively may be to teach her to jump loose. It's educational for them and they usually enjoy it.
From her age you are probably hitting a growing fit, we always knew when Tavia was growing because her medium trot and canter work would go completely AWOL and her outline would become erratic.
27th Jun 2002, 10:36 AM
aahh yes, loose jumping. The school at the yard I'm at is not great. We were loose schooling last week. The jumps I made were ever so scary (and about 2 ft)
however the 4ft metal gate with 1ft drop on the landing side out of the school was no problem neither was the 4ft high school fence onto a bank and down a hill into the field.
Also, she broke the fence (it was a bit rickety anyway and the post had rotted).
I am not allowed to loose school anymore! I must admit, Ciara fair enjoyed playing at escaping ands was ever so pleased with herself!
She has filled out a bit recently.
27th Jun 2002, 11:17 AM
your reply about loose jumping really made me laguh (sorry!). At least you know that Ciara can easily do big fences so there will be nothing to stop you doing Badminton in the future!
Can you hack out with some tohers from teh yard to give yourselfves a new thing to do? i know exactly the situation you are in with a horse that naps and rears, i was there 3 years ago! A lot of time, patience and helpful friends to go out with helped us out.
With regard to the outline problem, would it be worth just not worrying about it at the moment and work on something else (like hacking or walking over poles in teh school or accuracy of walk halt transitions, etc, etc). Going in an outline comes as a result of the way you ride, and trying too hard can often mean you are thinking so hard about your seat that you forget your legs, etc. I'd suggest just forgetting it and trying soemthing else.
Sorry not to be too helpful!
1st Jul 2002, 10:23 AM
Hi i had a similar problem recently. I got someone out to give my other horse a massage and she checked him over as well it was great she realy relaxed him and fixed a few kinks. It might not work but it is worth a go. It might be something that a good massage fix.
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