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post #11 of 16 Old 03-19-2009, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Skippy! View Post
Spyder, howcome i've never seen pictures of you riding? :p *grabby hands*

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:o! Very nice!! Thanks for the share!

I knew you had serious horse experience, but never saw any pictures of you around horses or anything like that :p

((And btw, Charity was ok, just sticking her head through the pipe corral and rattling it like it was prison bars, lol.))

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Whoa! A picture of Spyder! Nice.

I like this thread. :)
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wow great picture :)
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post #15 of 16 Old 04-08-2009, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
Doesn't matter if it can bite its own a$$, if it's stiff, it's not supple.

AAAhahahahaha, that's awesome.
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I think so many of us forget where suppleness comes from and what it means, when a horse is supple he should be able to move forward left and right harmoniusly with or with out a rider, his paces will be free , elastic,fluid and appear effortless. We have to remember the horses engine is in his hind end , the power from the hind end is what creates impulsion and the desire to move forward, so when teaching our horse to be supple and elastic in his way of going its very important that we start training the hind end and slowley moving forward, I agree with what a lot of you are saying and yes the circles and leg yields are great exercises but there is more to it than just leg yields and circles, one of the best ways to strengthen a horses hind end is ground rails and small cavalettis also working up small hills when a horse moves up hill he has to engage his hind to stay balanced I am not just saying ground rails and hills is all we should do but its a good place to start especially in young green horse it would not be a good idea to ask green horses to be doing lateral work as soon as we start so in building strength in the horses hind end we are also creating better balance, once we have strengthened the hind end we can start adding the long and low exercises and leg yields so now we are working on strengthening his back and by doing this with these exercises the back will become supple and swing freely. once we have a horse supple with a strong hind end and back we can start working towards a correct outline we also have to remember when a horse is carrying himself in the correct frame (on the bit) this carridge is created from his hind end and quaters being engaged not from just his head being there, just because his head seems to be in a correct frame it does not mean he is on the bit, for a horse to be on the bit and in correct carridge his hind end has to be engaged and his back has to lift for him to carry himself properly, so if we have done everything correctly from the start when his hind end engadges his back will naturally and automatically lift and work in that pretty outline we all love and desire.
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