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post #1 of 3 Old 03-12-2011, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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In hand work

I have recently started doing quite a lot of in hand work with Bob. It seems to be really helping his confidence into the bridle within only a couple of days, and in long reining he has begun to develop a little more confidence in being able to sit, which he tends to get quite tense over under saddle.
Currently most of my work is leg yielding and shoulder in on a 10m circle to engage the inside hind leg and increase the bend through his body. Doing walk - trot - walk transitions using these exercises are helping him hugely, he is now pushing off very nicely with his inside hind and sitting in the downward.

Are there any exercises for in hand work that people have, that they'd like to share?
Not in hand in the form of the general ground work to get control and respect (he's a total pushover in that aspect!!) but in hand work geared towards under saddle preparation.
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Is this the horse you had at the clinic?
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Yes it is ;)
So if you have any ideas on anything that would help him, I'd love to hear it.
We're trying so many different things with him now to really concentrate on getting his confidence up. He's never really had to sit, have a contact etc. so it's all quite a nerve wracking experience for an already very tense/nervy horse.
I have found that working him in hand has started to get him much more comfortable in the bridle and with moving laterally, as I said above :)
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