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apple rosa
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I have a Marvel Toulouse jump saddle I really love- it’s so comfortable and pretty well balanced.
mistandmagic
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alok wrote:

What are best saddle that you guys are using? I am using one that resembles the advantage all purpose horse saddle from this collection.default smiley (l)
https://www.breeches.com/collections/horse-saddles

They also have a very useful guide for different type of horse saddles that I recently read.default smiley 8-)


I have a Kent & Masters Cob GP that's very comfortable and has an adjustable gullet so it doesn't matter if the horse changes shape.
sina.
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MistAndMagic wrote:

Serpentines are always good, figure eights, transitions within the former two, etc. I also like to set up poles in a slightly more challenging grid- I typically have 4-5 and have one flat, two with opposite sides up, and one with both sides about 6in off the ground, and then if I have a fifth pole, another flat one at the end. I prop the ends up on cinder blocks so it’s a pretty cheap setup, though that really only works if you have flat-sided poles. It’s a nice exercise to get them to engage their core and think about where they’re putting their feet though. You can also, if you have a really well-balanced horse, space it for the canter. It’s much more difficult for them though.

Thank you! I have definitely been trying to incorporate more transitions into my training, both inter-gait and intra-gait ones, but the poles sound like something interesting! I will definitely try your one and maybe think of some of my own ones, as I have plenty of poles lying about.
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bonfire. wrote:

Thank you! I have definitely been trying to incorporate more transitions into my training, both inter-gait and intra-gait ones, but the poles sound like something interesting! I will definitely try your one and maybe think of some of my own ones, as I have plenty of poles lying about.

Transitions are super super important for a well-balanced horse. Another exercise to try would be trot 4-8 strides, then come back to a walk, and repeat at random points around the arena. It's surprisingly hard, especially if you have a horse who doesn't like to listen!
mistandmagic
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I ride a 18 hand gelding and he's always kicking his front legs. I have put on boots and various things to keep him from injuring himself, but how do I get this to stop?
firehorse06
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firehorse06 wrote:

kicking his front legs



How do you mean, like overstepping?
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He has very long legs, so yes he oversteps and kicks his front legs with his back legs. This only happens at walk/trot, canter/gallop/jumping he is fine, but I'm worried he could injure himself. Is there another way to stop this than doing boots and leg wraps? Or is he fine doing this? Thanks
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firehorse06 wrote:

He has very long legs, so yes he oversteps and kicks his front legs with his back legs. This only happens at walk/trot, canter/gallop/jumping he is fine, but I'm worried he could injure himself. Is there another way to stop this than doing boots and leg wraps? Or is he fine doing this? Thanks

This is unfortunately a common problem, and there usually isn't anything you can do to stop them from doing this. That's just how your horse is built and the way he moves!
However, some horses overreach more when their hooves are "long" right before they are due to see the farrier. Have you noticed a pattern like this?
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I ride a Fleabitten Grey Quarter Horse Gelding, He is super duper sweet, I love him and his name is Odin.
vivian horsegirl
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Does anyone ride Australian and have advice?
hanselmeatloaf
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oh and Odin has one eye
vivian horsegirl
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I have a mini Horse too, I used to have another one but she past away ):
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MistAndMagic wrote:

Transitions are super super important for a well-balanced horse. Another exercise to try would be trot 4-8 strides, then come back to a walk, and repeat at random points around the arena. It's surprisingly hard, especially if you have a horse who doesn't like to listen!

I was actually doing this just last week! I was practising lots of walk and trot transitions and then since the horse was nice and short, I managed to get a couple of canter transitions which was amazing considering this horse basically can't canter on the flat and usually rushes into the transition. I made a similar grid to what you suggested as well and that seems to be quite a fun exercise that's a little bit challenging too.
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I kind of suck at approaching jumps at a trot, especially a sitting trot. Any tips?
--hibiscus
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@ hibiscus
trot poles perhaps, what exactly is the issue?
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@ --hibiscus

If you mean knowing when to go into your jump position and getting the timings right, then try not to guess when to fold, or think about it too much. Just do it when the horse lifting his legs in the air naturally jolts you out of the saddle (if that makes sense?)

Also, I've never heard of approaching jumps in sitting trot, and I don't really see what the point of it would be? If anyone does know why people do it, please could they let me know as it would be interesting to hear if there was a reasondefault smiley (8)
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Nimbus 2000 wrote:

Also, I've never heard of approaching jumps in sitting trot, and I don't really see what the point of it would be?
I'm assuming you're asking why sitting trot over posting trot, and not why trot over canter. If I assumed wrong, let me know!

The way I learned it was to approach the jump posting, but say ~8 strides out transition to sitting trot. This is because when posting, the beat on which you rise out of the saddle and the beat when the horse begins to jump rarely line up. On the beat when the horse begins to jump you may be on your down beat to sitting down, which would mess up the timing of transitioning to two point. If you try to avoid this by staying elevated up out of the saddle one beat before needing to go into two-point, your balance can be thrown off since you are supposed to go into two point from sitting down, not standing up vertically to "crouching" forward (different from people who have a light seat/two-point the entire course when cantering). Or, you could avoid the timing issue by sitting two beats... at which point you are sitting the trot anyways, and may as well begin earlier.

In essence, for riders who prefer a deep seat while jumping, going from sitting trot to two-point is better practice for eventually sitting the canter to two point.
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Any tips for a rider who is now riding trot poles and learning to jump soon? I ride a 12 year old OTTB at my weekly lessons. She has a smooth trot and we're trotting poles now.
Also, any tips on cantering a fast horse? Or just progressing in riding in general? I do English.
bananaboohoo
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Thanks FoxyDancer for explaining that to me - it all makes a bit more sense now and I might try that next time I jump as it certainly seems easier than hoping the timings match!default smiley (h)
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bananaboohoo wrote:

Any tips for a rider who is now riding trot poles and learning to jump soon? I ride a 12 year old OTTB at my weekly lessons. She has a smooth trot and we're trotting poles now.
Also, any tips on cantering a fast horse? Or just progressing in riding in general? I do English.

Most important piece of advice: learn to grab mane default smiley :)
emeraldhillsfarm
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^ super important! It keeps you from catching the horse in the mouth if you land poorly or otherwise accidentally yanking on them.

Cantering faster horses: count, breathe, and make sure you're not doing anything to encourage them to go faster (like accidentally kicking them/clenching with your legs or being super noisy with your seat)
mistandmagic
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bananaboohoo wrote:

Any tips for a rider who is now riding trot poles and learning to jump soon? I ride a 12 year old OTTB at my weekly lessons. She has a smooth trot and we're trotting poles now.
Also, any tips on cantering a fast horse? Or just progressing in riding in general? I do English.


For the fast horse: lots and lots of circles when cantering to prevent the horse from picking up speed. And, if possible, doing many trot - canter transitions to practise the breaks default smiley :)
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Thanks! Will use those tips for sure.
bananaboohoo
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troxel or ovation helmets for a schooling rider? Which will hold up the most when jumping and falling [because I do fall a lot default smiley :p]
bananaboohoo
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In a really old post i said i rode with my heels up default smiley :p so no one thinks im weird I don't anymore lol

i was a beginning rider with only a month of lessons oof
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