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post #1 of 51 Old 07-18-2009, 04:24 AM Thread Starter
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Holding His Head.

Hey,

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?

Thanks,

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post #2 of 51 Old 07-18-2009, 08:00 AM
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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.

I give myself very good advice, But I very seldom follow it
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post #3 of 51 Old 07-18-2009, 08:09 AM
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I agree 100% with Gillian, it will come naturally in time if you are riding him properly and if he is using himself properly.

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post #4 of 51 Old 07-18-2009, 09:12 AM
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I suggest you get a Dressage Instructor to come and give you lessons, or you go to them. I woudn't do this alone.

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post #5 of 51 Old 07-18-2009, 09:26 AM
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Hey,

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?

Thanks,

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

My Article part 1
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post #6 of 51 Old 07-18-2009, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Hey,

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.

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post #7 of 51 Old 07-19-2009, 12:12 AM
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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.

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post #8 of 51 Old 07-20-2009, 07:18 PM
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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!
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post #9 of 51 Old 07-21-2009, 05:40 AM Thread Starter
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How do I tie it to his chest? And wouldn't it hurt him?

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post #10 of 51 Old 07-21-2009, 07:55 AM
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^^ Exactly. She was being sarcastic ;)

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