Actually I also agree with the contact thing. No-one but me could get my lovely old Jessica not to jog all the way home, because they knew she'd do it and were good and ready with the "brakes", which only made her worse - higher energy but less forward. I just used my seat and the buckle end, with the occasional check, and she would relax and walk, so she obviously knew that theory.
I think difference in riding style and what the horse is used to has a lot to do with it, not that anyone is wrong particularly, just different. My friend rode Joe for me for a yard move and he looked like someone had stuck ginger up his posterior! She couldn't help picking up his reins (which Joe thinks means wake up and lift yourself) and touching him with her legs (which Joe thought meant he wasn't going fast enough as I hardly use my legs) so it was quite funny. Of course as soon as he went a bit faster she asked for slower in the reins, but then she'd make contact with her legs and it would start all over again. Joe was getting this slow/go thing going on and getting more and more up in the air, I ended up holding the rein and her leg to show her what I meant and then it all calmed down. Just in time to stop her vanishing into Sussex...
Post by Val (Toons&co) on Dec 27, 2005 10:16:52 GMT 1
When I was a week-end rider, I was told I had a 'hot seat' on hacks as all the horses I sat on would just get out of control at one point or another. Since I've had my own horse(s) and followed some Kelly Marks/Parelli courses, it would seem it's become quite the opposite as my instructor used to ask me (I groomed for her) to walk the young horses she had in training as I managed to get them nicely relaxed and even lately I've been riding two other liveries for fun and they couldn't believe how calm their horses were with me. Maybe my energy has changed or maybe I'm just more relaxed?
Sorry but I don't buy this. But that's because I have encountered two people who claimed to have a "hot bum" - one always wore spurs no matter what she was on, the other used to have such a permanently tight rein she was nearly touching the bit rings. Sure their horses got wound up!
i have to say that i dont use whips or spurs and my mums horse is an exracer who hasnt been retrained and we r doing it at the mo so i keep my reins long as if you tighten your reins it means go faster. ive never had a particularly tight rein anyway. thinking about it i might use my seat more but ive never thought about it before. ive just got on with it.
I think it is to do with how much pressure is in your seat bones. My husband has a "hot seat" and I'm the opposite. I asked him to get on my young horse a while ago as I was having trouble getting impulsion. He got on and off they went into canter and when he came back to walk she would only jog. I did a little test putting my hand under his seat bone on the saddle and found they nearly crushed my fingers. I then got him to lift them off the saddle a bit and the horse stopped jogging. He could speed her up and slow her down simply by lifting and dropping his seat bones. I know I ride with very little weight in my seat bones. I have to concentrate very hard to get them down in the saddle and horses go slowly for me.
We tried this out on our other horses - we run a polo yard so there are plenty to try it on - and they are all consistent. Lifting and lowering seat bones results in them going slower or faster.
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