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Rickrideshorses

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slowing a horse down in trot

When I started lessons my instructor taught me to squeeze and relax the reigns to slow the horse in trot. But now I've moved  areas and the new instructor tells me to use the seat to steady him. How do I do that? I've tried squeezing my backside then relaxing but it doesn't make any difference. Any tips would be great!

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soniadevereux

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Re: slowing a horse down in trot

I thought that in rising trot, YOU slow the rising down and slight pressure on the reins and when the horse slows relax the reins a little and you should both be in the same rhythm.

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VickyC

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VickyC says:

Re: slowing a horse down in trot

 My instructress tells me the same as sdevereux to slow my rising and half halt (though cant explain half halt as still learning how to do one before telling others!). Though I think you should ask her what she means,  I'm sure she will be pleased your asking and will think that your really interested in learning, then you can start to feel comfortable with asking her when your not sure. I get told off for not talking back and asking questions by my new instructress and its helped loads, and I'm now not feeling to stupid when I have no idea what she is talking about and I'm learning quicker. Goodluck x

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yorkshiredeb

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yorkshiredeb says:

Re: slowing a horse down in trot

i agree totally - you need to ask! I have asked some really stupid questions (didnt seem stupid to me at time but hey ho lol) but so what? Its how you learn and it does show you are genuinely wanting to learn. Good luck with yur lessons!

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kirstyndshaky

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Re: slowing a horse down in trot

i slow my rising-but (this sounds daft) not just in rising trot, in sitting i slow how my seat moves with him (if that makes sense) like slowing your rising and that alone slows shaky down-still working on doing it in canter!!i wouldnt worry-when i got shaky in had to ask the YO what each rug was (indoor/outdoor) coz i got a waxy indoor and it totally confused me!(just coz it feels like an outdoor!)

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margaretann

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margaretann says:

Re: slowing a horse down in trot

I agree with slowing your rising trot. Your horse will follow your lead and slow down. You can also do some quiet, very relaxed  trot/walk transitions to get him anticipating the walk. That should slow him down a bit too.

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