Asking horse to use her backend and maintaing a nice outline
Hi There. Just wondering if anyone can give me some advice on getting my horse to (a) Start using her backend and (b) getting her into a nice outline. Currently she is very heavy on the forehand and I struggle to work her into an outline she's only 5. I know its prob something that im doing incorrectly and isnt her fault so any advice would be great. Thanks
2. Read up as much as you can
3. Trainer/lessons for you so that you can learn how to ask and what right feels like (if you don't already know - just guessing by your post that you're new(er) to this)
My horse Houdini did this at first. My instructor taught me how to ask him to engage his hindquarters and reach under himself while lunging him in his tack. Then once he had the idea of what I wanted, and once I knew, from seeing it on the ground, how to tell when he was using himself properly, we transitioned to asking him to do this under saddle.
Have you asked your mare to engage her hindquarters on the lunge without a rider? She's young and it will probably be easier for her to do this on the lunge first without a rider on her back.