#1. Mistakes Riders Can Make: Doing It Alone
Doing it alone. It takes a lot of skill and experience to start a young horse up and train them correctly. Many people are under the impression that if they can ride a young horse, then they can train a young horse. This is not always the case! If you are going to buy a young horse and do not have the experience or ability to train them, please don’t try and do it alone. Make sure you get professional help from someone with plenty of experience training young horses.
Look for someone to help you both from the ground and in the saddle. The best case scenario when buying a youngster is to send them to a proven professional where they can start their education. If that is not possible, having weekly sessions with your trainer will help ensure you both stay on track.
It can be a false economy to think you will buy a young horse because they are cheaper than a horse with more experience. Proper investment in time and money with a young horse often far outweighs an older horse purchase!
#2. Mistakes Riders Can Make: Not Riding Forward
Not riding your young horse forward is a very common mistake riders can make. Riding a young horse and not riding them forward and, therefore, not getting the horse in front of their leg is a common mistake. This can often be because the rider is scared of having their young horse too forward and therefore end up hanging on to the front end.
The hind legs have got to push, and the horse only learns and strengthens correctly if they are in a good forward rhythm and carrying their own head and neck, so let go and ride your horse forward in your young horse training.
#3. Mistakes Riders Can Make: Not Taking The Time Or Preparation
Not taking the time and putting proper preparation into riding good transitions. It is not just about riding walk & trot or trot & canter transitions. Yes, these are important, and you should ride lots of transitions, but the focus should be on your preparation and how you ride them. Once the horse has learnt to go from the leg and stop from a restraining feel on the outside rein, you must ride with a sequence of half halts into every transition—both for the up and downward ones.
Remember to always ride forward into a transition, and the more your horse understands the half halts, the less you need the reins as your horse becomes more tuned into your leg and seat.
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