Keeping your horse straight and moving forward is one of the most important parts of a good ride, whether you are in the arena or out on the trail. But its not as easy as it sounds… Many horses have habits of dropping their shoulder and cutting turns, getting “stuck” at the gate, or hugging the fence and rubbing a rider's leg. This can be frustrating and annoying – possibly even dangerous if the behaviors continue to escalate. So what is the best way to correct these behaviors? How can you ride the horse in a way that keeps him straight? This week's video is going to answer those questions.
I also listed the main points below the video as an additional reminder and reference.
To sum up my main points from the video – here is what you want to do on a horse that has issues steering and staying straight:
1. Always look where you are going. Find something very specific to look at if you are having trouble at a certain point or in a particular turn.
2. Use your seat and leg to go forward – this is very important – adding impulsion and forward drive will correct more issues than just steering with the reins.
3. When you do use your rein, use an opening rein instead of pulling straight back.
4. Feel the horse under you and correct the problem when it is just starting – a small movement off course means a small correction.
Did you like this video? Have any additional suggestions for hard-to-steer horses? Leave a comment!