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Thread: Finally sitting on Shabby and walking forward a few steps..what's next?

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    Default Finally sitting on Shabby and walking forward a few steps..what's next?

    She's good on lunge...walk , trot, canter and changing transitions with side reins, not too tight, perhaps not tight enough.Finish with loose sidereins and get her to stretch down at walk.
    Full tack and I can mount her tied up,( I have NO helper at all) in tie up area, off a bucket with long stirrup. I can say ' walk on' with a tiny pulsating squeeze and release, walk a few steps...got up to about six hesitant steps then ask for halt...very pleased with her.Can turn round, I do a huge one so she doesn't lose her balance and then walk back and sit for a few mins giving lots of praise and a treat and get off . She stands very still like a good girl xxx I think she may be slightly nappy away from the other ponies and as I say don't have a helper to lead her for me. I carry a schooling whip and tap with my leg to back up the 'walk on' if necessary,

    How do I progress from there with steering, going away from others and hoping she doesn't decide to do 'something' lol! I always work her a bit first to skim off exess energy although she has become a lovely calm girl...love her to bits and I know she loves me too lol! xx

    ps only walked her mounted about 3 times, all calm and careful

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    How old is she? Does she long line? I would do all the steering work/going away from others on long lines then transfer to ridden work.

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    Echo long reining would be useful.

    Although If you can get on and potter around, i'd just get on with it confidently and ride in a paddock or ménage and go from there You'll find you'll need to do far less lunging as you'll need the energy for ridden work.
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    Id avoid mounting a tied up horse though, its not safe. Long reining up and down the place will help get the horse moving forward and seeing some sights. The first time I rode D, my OH came out with us with him on my old horse, after that we were on our own. Is there no-one sensible you can trust to escort you on a short quiet hack once you get going a little bit?
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    For me, next step would be to hack out with a sensible companion to take the lead. We hack out our youngsters from the 2nd/3rd time they've been sat on and it works wonders for their development. In their insecurity they follow their companion and learn forwardness & straightness from them.

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    I took these guys ^^^^^^^^^^ advice and just 'cracked on with it'.

    Now have a willing forward going 5 year old hacking out with a 20 year mare as a 'nanny'.

    Good luck

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    Didn't see the tied up bit, I wouldn't even do that with a broken in horse.

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    I agree with the others on long lining - its invaluable and so much fun! I set up cones to give something to aim for if you run the lines through the stirrups it also gets them used to the nudge to move on. As far as riding goes I always keep the first few sessions straight lines pretty much and use them to get the horse used to balancing with a rider on the back

    With long lining you can sort of move to the side a bit and almost lunge with two lines on a really big circle that way you can steer at trot.

    I'd forget canter with a youngster until trot is well established. They won't have the musculature to carry thrmselves properly just yet. Get a nice, forward uphill trot established, working through the back and then canter should come easily. If you don't do this you could find you end up with a horse that struggles and falls into canter and this is really difficult to unteach...

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    Thanks for your replies, going by what you have said, I need to just keep on what we;re doing. She has done longreining on her own and she trusts me to the point that I can assure her not to worry and to go forwards, about the cows and tractors and anything else. She has calmed down a lot from when I first got her last year as a lively little anglo arab filly! It's the steering and forward going while ridden is the thing. I have done it without any help as there isn't anyone. She is 4 in November so there is no rush, I am enjoying the bond we have established. Love her loads.
    Is using a pessoa too hard for her at this stage do you think? or am I treating her too gently lol! She does use her bum, when, she settles into her lunge work which is about 3 times a week. Only for about 20 mins max. (10ish mins on each rein finishing with lenghthened sidereins and head down stretch, not sure I have them short enough yet while doing walk and trot)
    I'm in no rush as we are enjoying each other. Not concentrating on canter on the lunge as that can come later when she is stronger and more balanced.
    Any more advice really appreciated xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by leanne View Post
    I agree with the others on long lining - its invaluable and so much fun! I set up cones to give something to aim for if you run the lines through the stirrups it also gets them used to the nudge to move on. As far as riding goes I always keep the first few sessions straight lines pretty much and use them to get the horse used to balancing with a rider on the back

    With long lining you can sort of move to the side a bit and almost lunge with two lines on a really big circle that way you can steer at trot.

    I'd forget canter with a youngster until trot is well established. They won't have the musculature to carry thrmselves properly just yet. Get a nice, forward uphill trot established, working through the back and then canter should come easily. If you don't do this you could find you end up with a horse that struggles and falls into canter and this is really difficult to unteach...
    Have already done the lines through stirrups (tied underneath) and used 2 reins and gone from a straightbar happy mouth with cheeks....she struggled to stop! Have changed to an eggbut snaffle with french link, she seems light as a feather with this. I try to use them as if I'm riding..using a light contact..sooo don't want to hurt her mouth. xx

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