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My Hot Tamale Locomotive on the pattern

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        06-28-2013, 08:14 PM
    Green Broke
    No, and especially not since she grew withers (was mutton withered when those pics were taken). I do use a kind of crappy plain felt Teskey pad... but I've tried my smx and a cavallo pad and it doesn't make a difference in her behavior.

    Her groundwork is also up to date, I spend a few hot afternoons working on it. She was getting to br a real bag to handle sometimes, but she knows my space fron her space now, and leads without me even having to hold the lead .. she just follows nicely
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        06-28-2013, 08:22 PM
    Hmm. Well then, I'm not certain, other than the teeth thing. Or maybe it was just a fluke.
        06-28-2013, 08:24 PM
    Green Broke
    Maybe she's just fussy and likes giving me a hard time lol. Either way, there are horses who just don't like bits, so I will try a littke s when I can get my hands on one. For now - breaking sidepull it is! Lol

    I mean if I have the same control (maybe better) with a simple rope halter, why do I need to go fussing about bits? A littke s hack shoukd get the job done from therw
        06-28-2013, 10:40 PM
    That's true, if it's her personal preference. Just remember in a hack it's going to be more important to emphasize the bend on her. A lot of people with super bendy horses will use hacks to stiffen up their style. I don't use them that way, and expect every horse to be good in whatever they go in, but sometimes that can be a consequence of it.
        06-28-2013, 11:15 PM
    Green Broke
    She is bendy, but lately hasn't been too nice about it with the bit, she will give laterally with a finger wiggle, but once forward is involved, she gets pissy. With the halter, I can get the same bendyness, and even on the go. I got her to counterbend some circles - which has always been a fuss. Maybe being bareback helped me communicate through with my seat better... who knows!?
        06-29-2013, 12:33 PM
    Green Broke
    There are some horses that just plain don't like a bit. So that is a possibility. However I would feel better if you could get her teeth looked at.

    Heck, I'm driving an hour and a half one way on Tuesday to take Red to my vet. Sometimes the best services aren't close. The lady I used to board with would drive 3 hours one way for the best horse chiro in the state. And he is good!

    Yes as sorrel said a hackamore will stiffen a horse so just as long as you are aware of that.
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        06-30-2013, 08:53 PM
    Green Broke
    Hopped on today in the heat, bareback but with a snaffle.

    Took me about 10 minutes to get her doing full circles counter bent.
    Even trotted about half a circle to the right counter bent, but she's a bit more difficult to the left, which is understandable, horses have their good and bad directions.

    At the end of the ride, I walked the pattern twice, the first time, counterbending her going into the barrel. The second time, I counter bent her on the backside of the barrel.
        07-05-2013, 05:48 PM
    Green Broke
    Rode this morning - note to self - if riding early in the morning, use a martengale, Squiggy is probs going to be HAWT. LOL.

    Now. Her counter arcs to the left are pretty rough. I feel I cue them different than to the right for some reason, so im trying to figure that out. BUT she does it to the right nice!
    She was getting pretty strung out around those left turns, so I did some 360s on the backside and such, which helped. Its just a sloooow work in progress. Her right turns are wonderful, but instead of just taking the easy way out and letting her make only one bad left turn a run, im going to get those left turns as good as her right, or try to at least.

        07-06-2013, 11:24 PM
    Green Broke
    Can't see the video??
        07-07-2013, 12:29 AM
    Green Broke
    Yeah, I'll be re uploading it soon....

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