Holding His Head.

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Holding His Head.

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    07-18-2009, 05:24 AM
Green Broke
Holding His Head.


Chinga and I have been working on our dressage alot latly all we have really done latly is collect and exstend our trot and work on different sized circles. But I was wondering how can I teach him to tuck his head up?

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    07-18-2009, 09:00 AM
You don't. If you're working on dressage your goal should NOT have anything to do with the horse's head.
You don't ride the head. Teaching him to tuck his head would accomplish nothing.
    07-18-2009, 09:09 AM
I agree 100% with Gillian, it will come naturally in time if you are riding him properly and if he is using himself properly.
    07-18-2009, 10:12 AM
I suggest you get a Dressage Instructor to come and give you lessons, or you go to them. I woudn't do this alone.
    07-18-2009, 10:26 AM
Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy    

Chinga and I have been working on our dressage alot latly all we have really done latly is collect and exstend our trot and work on different sized circles. But I was wondering how can I teach him to tuck his head up?


MI is correct. Get a coach but you could also read this article.

My Article part 1
    07-18-2009, 06:29 PM
Green Broke

I can only get dressage lessons with my instructor once every holidays, as it is to hard to get Chinga to her on a weekly bases. But I may be getting weekly lessons doing dressage and jumping with her plus working on our general riding.
    07-19-2009, 01:12 AM
I agree, Dressage isn't about pulling a horse into a position at all...He will learn how to come into contact and how to collect and use his body properly with proper training and exercises to build his strength; pulling his head into a certain position won't get 'er done.
    07-20-2009, 08:18 PM
Well, first of all you get some baling twine, then you tie one end to his face and the other end to his chest. And presto! You have a bonafide dressage horse without any of those costly lessons or pesky "riding ability".
Good luck!
    07-21-2009, 06:40 AM
Green Broke
How do I tie it to his chest? And wouldn't it hurt him?
    07-21-2009, 08:55 AM
Green Broke
^^ Exactly. She was being sarcastic ;)

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