Friday, December 21, 2007


How can we use our body weight and its motions on the saddle to improve our riding ?

How important is our body weight and body motion on the saddle?

What roll does our weight and its motions plays on the horse and his/her movements ?

Can we do these in regard to our weight and body motions?

1- Step forward.
2- Step backward.
3- Step to the right.
4- Step to the left.
5- Full stop, (Freeze).

Can we do more complicated steps with regard to our weight and body motions?

For Example :

1- Doing figure 8.
2- Circling.
3- Spin rapidly.
4- Stopping in high speed on a loose rein.

How horses feel with this method will they be more comfortable?

Is this more towards NON VIOLENCE on horses ?

For Example :

1- When a horse stands high on his/her hinds what action should the rider take in regard to BODY WEIGHT and its MOTIONS ?

2- When the rider wants to stop a horse what action should the rider take in regard to BODY WEIGHT and its MOTIONS ?

Why the most Navicular diseases is on hands only?(not the hind legs).

I am sure you have the best vets in your country and this is good and you have to have hope .
In this country we dont have vets at all (I can not call them vets only 3 to 5 ) but nothing compare to yours.

In this country the main reason of what causes the Navicular is unknown but to my knowledge mostly is because of putting more pressure on the front part of the body (hands).

In early stages of navicular disease the horse will be lame after a hard work but it will return to normal after a rest period but it will return and as getting worse the horse trys to land his/her legs on toe when in motion.

Many blame the improper trimming and shoeing .

Heels too hight and heels too low.

Any kind of trimming or shoeing which interferes with the normal action of the FROG (the blood pump of the hoof).

Horses that have hard work on a hard surface are more likely to get the navicular problem.

We believe horses that they have not learn how to use the hinds as the main source of power and put more pressure on their hands they are more likely to get navicular (the horses that walk on hands instead of the hinds , hands are for changing directions and hinds are the main source of the power to jump , run and flight.

The only thing we know for sure is weight and pressure is transmitted to the navicular bone and forcing the navicular bone against the tendons the navicular bone gets bigger and when we put pressure on the center of frog.

The best thing is to teach our horses to walk on hinds 80% or more of this disease will vanish hopefully this is very important and the best way to prevent this disease .

I hope everything goes well for this horse and I keep my fingers crossed that this is not a navicular disease.

Let me tell you something very much crucial and important for Horse training because we all belive first things first.

In Horse training as I have said before WALK and TROT is our goal NO speed at all.
Now our goal is a Horse going on WALK ONLY and TROT ONLY with a PAUSE.

After each stop a PAUSE can make real difference in our training.

Stopping a Horse by the seat of our saddle using the weight of the rider,

1- Seating on the saddle in a upright position in the normal way.
2- Bending forward from our belt position means going Forward.
3- Pressing on the right Stirrup and bending a little (Not bending but putting pressure on the Stirrup) means going to the Right.
4- Pressing on the left Stirrup as described in No:3 means going to the Left.
5- Sitting hard on our Double Pocket Jeans slightly to the back means Stop.

How we teach a Horse to stop without using Reins,

1- We need a place which one side is closed and has fence and 2 ends which are also dead ends something like this ] 3 sides are closed.
2- We start from point A from walk to trot when the Horse in High Trot and reaching the point B the dead end we seat into the saddle with a bit of a shock and we could add a verbal word like WOW and bring the Horse to the Stop by reins we continue this until the Horse would realize just seating into the saddle way back ans saying WOW means Stop.
Actually we are CONDITIONING our Horse to our body weight and the word WOW.
When the Horse has been CONDITIONED perfectly now is the time to Loosen the reins and just seat hard on to the saddle and just say WOW.
This must be done starting from Walk to High Trot then stopping.

The crucial point is at each end when the Horse comes to stop Give the Horse a Good Pause.
The Pause at each end (A and B) is very important.

If there is any question please Put it Up thank you.


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