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gunsmoke
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 Posted: Mon Sep 8th, 2008 05:13 am
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Dr Deb,

Hello, I was wondering if its possible to purchase your books individually, I've purchased books one and two, but not three!

Also, I was wondering if you would give me some advice.  I own a Gunsmoke (2x) Doc Bar (2x) bred mare.  She has a natural ability to "get under herself" when cutting cattle.  She is also only about 14.1.  She has taught me a lot about where to "sit" when riding her, as she is a lot smaller and I have a lot more effect on "our" balance.  However, when cutting and spinning I know that I am not always balanced with her!  Even though I know there has been a lot of improvement, I still need work!  mostly I feel that I get in her way by being too far forward "blocking her shoulder"  Help!

 

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 Posted: Mon Sep 8th, 2008 10:41 pm
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Yes, Gunsmoke, we will be glad to help you with getting the odd volume from the "Principles of Conformation" set. You will have to make this purchase by check -- cost of a single volume is $9.95 to addresses within the U.S. Please make the check out to "Equine Studies Institute", and mail it to:

Equine Studies Institute

P.O. Box 411

Livingston, CA 95334

....and put a note in the envelope or write on the check which volume you want us to send you. Also, if the address on the check is not the one to which you want the volume sent, please include a note with the preferred shipping address.

Also, because I am in England for the rest of this month and the mail is being opened in my absence by our staff, please write "order -- please process" on the outside of the envelope, which will cause them to ship to you as soon as your letter is received.

....as to your other question, the usual reason that the rider hunches forward is that they are afraid of falling off. This is a version of the "fetal" or self-protective position that all riders instantly adopt (their body forces them to, whether they will it or no) whenever the horse goes too fast or too vigorously for their level of experience.

You need to be riding some other horses to build your confidence as well as your balance. That's what I would prescribe for you. Go find a larger, slower horse and teach yourself to make walk to trot and walk to canter transitions on that horse without hunching forward at all, and without holding on to either the reins or the saddle horn. When making transition into the canter, and also the whole time while cantering, you should sit a little behind what you "feel" to be vertical. Think that your crotch is always going to be trying to get ahead of your breastbone.

When you can lope along slow and comfortable this way, without hunching forward, without the weight coming off the rear part of your seatbones, without your chin sticking out forward, without your shoulders hunching up, then you can think of riding a hot cutting horse. And even then, you start far away from any cows; a good cutting horse needs to know all the same basic repertory of maneuvers as any other riding horse. So you will be practicing S-L-O-W transitions, curving figures, turns on the forehand, and turns on the haunches both directions on the cutter, too. (It is the failure to practice these things to repletion that causes many cutting horses to fail to reach their potential in competition).

Go over to Joe Wolter's website and look at the photo of him riding a cutting horse that is posted there. That's how it's done.

Have yourself videotaped as you learn to ride your friend's non-cutting horse. This is the process of developing a good seat, a seat with relaxed waist, relaxed buttocks, long relaxed legs. The video will show you where all your bunchy, wadded-up, stuck spots are, and can be a lot of help in clearing those up. -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Tue Sep 16th, 2008 12:51 pm
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Just to let folks know - I hadn't visited Joe's website before, but there are some nice short articles there that are worth reading... and the photos of him at work are very good too!

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 12:42 pm
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Would someone please quote the title or address of Joe's website......despite a bit of a search I just can't find anything yet......Patrick

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 Posted: Wed Sep 17th, 2008 12:45 pm
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Uhm, cancel that request, I just got it......(my usual finger trouble!)


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