How Do You Ride a Hot Horse?
Riding a hot horse can be scary! Not knowing exactly what to do can put you in a position you don’t want to be in, and being fearful may just feed the horse more.
If you’ve done any kind of meditation, any kind of yoga class, you’ll know that you can breathe on a count. So you need to take that breathing into a count on your horse. Even in the walk, I want you to breathe in for one, two. It’s really hard to breathe in and talk at the same time.
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Natasha Althoff: So clearly I am not on a hot crazy horse. Don’t run away horse, you’re hot and crazy! He’s a Friesian, he’s like, “Can I just stop?” But I do have a lot of experience with some hot horses. They’re not my favorite horses to ride, hence why I ride Friesians. But the thing you must remember, the defining moment when you’re on a hot horse or on any horse, is you have to be able to ride it forward. Now on a horse like this, when I close my leg there’s a reaction, not a fabulous reaction. And then I need to use quite a bit of leg. Come on! Bit of spur to get a really nice big trot. Good boy! But I can get my legs on and ride the horse forward in a nice big forward trot. You need to be able to do that on any horse, especially a hot horse.
Natasha Althoff: Now what happens when you get on a hot horse is they offer you a really big fast trot. It’s big, it’s big, it’s fast, it’s fast. Actually, it’s probably not that big. It’s just fast. Especially if you’re riding an Australian thoroughbred. So if you’ve got this hot horse that’s racing on on you, the last thing you want to do is be able to put your legs on. But let me tell you just because the horse is rushing, just because the horse is running, doesn’t mean that it’s actually forward or in front of the leg. So the key with all horses is you have to be able to put your leg on. So if you have a super hot horse that firstly won’t accept the leg when you first get on it, you might canter. So a lot of hot horses, walk them in hand.
Natasha Althoff: But when you get on them, you might have to go straight into canter. You need to go into a gait where you can put your legs on. Now normally canter, they’re not going to suddenly gallop off and go into gallop. So in the canter, you can start to put your legs on, you can start to do some half halts, you can start to ride them into the bridle and you can put your legs on and they accept the leg, and react to the leg how they should. Remember, leg doesn’t just tell the horse to go faster. It can tell the horse to come more through to go more forward, to go sideways, whatever it is. So it’s really important that you, no matter what on a hot horse, are able to put your legs on. So that also might mean you need to lunge it.
Natasha Althoff: There’s no harm with some horses. You’ve got to lunge to them before you get on them, or you’ve got to lunge them if they’ve had four days off or they’ve had four months off. It just means that when you get on them, you’ll be able to ride them. That’s the key for you. So if that means lunging, if that means getting on and cantering, if that means that they never get really a day off, that they’re always worked in some capacity, even if it’s just a walk, then that’s the respect of the horse that you have to have and the respect that, “Okay, that’s what this horse needs.” So I trust that helps.
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