Legless, the mechanical horse

Yeeehaaaaa I booked myself in for a lesson on a mechanical horse in order to get a grip on my canter.

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Meet legless – a mechanical horsey belong to the lovely Quob Stables.

I wanted a lesson on him because, and if you read my blog then you’ll know this, I still really struggle with my canter on Β Cyryl. I really wanted to be able to work on my position without having to worry about speed, roundness and steering too.

Legless is a lovely boy, very quiet in temprement haha! He was a lot narrower than Cyryl and also a lot smoother.

My instructor was good and gave me some interesting Pilates-style exercised such as rolling up my spine vertebrae by vertebrae and I practised keeping my leg still.

However, and here’s where I was disappointed, Legless is too easy. He’s so smooth and glorious that he doesn’t feel anything like a real horse. Well, not my horse anyway!

In fact, the instructor didn’t really understand what my problem was when I told her that I really struggle win canter on a daily basis, only to canter on him perfectly!

I may not have learnt much about canter, but I did learn that there are no easy cheats and nothing compares to practice, practise practise on a real horse with real problems.

If I had continued with lessons on the mechanical horse, what would have happened when I went back to Cyryl? I’d be back to square one when I had to deal with his strength, his huge rocking motion and the never ending task of keeping him round and moving forwards.

Regardless, I still had fun and it was a great experience, but I’ve realised that if you have problems relating to a specific horse, then you can probably only fix them fully when working with said horse. Good luck!

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7 comments

  1. It was really interesting to read about your experience with this . I think that one of the main problems with the mechanical horse is that, although it moves, it can only move around on the spot. One of the main challenges in keeping your seat the way you want it when riding a real horse is that you are having to adjust your core balance to the constant forward motion as well as the movement coming up through the back of the horse. A few years ago I was tempted to buy a mechanical horse for teaching but, after trying out a few of them, I decided to stick with lunging riders on real horses instead. It is harder work for me but I think the result for the rider is always going to be better. The appeal of teaching in a small, warm room instead of a cold, draughty indoor school was tempting though!

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    • Yes I totally agree and I would prefer to be taught on the lunge, it’s just much more real!
      The mechanical horse also doesn’t account for things like spooking, being on the forehand and pulling, which are things my horse does, so in that respect I didn’t find the mechanical horse particularly useful.

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  2. Maybe when they develop a mechanical horse that has good days and bad days or runs away from random objects or from nothing at all you can go back πŸ™‚

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  3. These look very helpful but I understand your problems. It must be quite different from riding Cyryl! I love your blog so much, I have only just started blogging but would love to end up like yours!

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