Originally Posted by EverythingEquestrian
but I have no idea how to get an outline. I'm reluctant to use side reins ect as I don't agree with forcing it. I know it takes time for the horse to build the right muscles ect, but I know of a dressage horse I'd be able to ride just once or twice just to get the hang of working in an outline, but need tips on how to do this. Thanks!
Woah woah woah.. side reins adjusted properly
do not force a horse into a headset. If you put it on a short hole then maybe it would but even then it's the horse's choice whether to be hollow or to use their back.
An outline... comes with correct riding and the horse using their back. It shouldn't be forced, which I'm glad you agree with. Riding front to back will get a horse using their back and their hind end.
The way I've done it is lunging in side reins before almost every time I go to ride. Doing figures like circles, serpentines, figure eights will help to get your horse working more on the hind, paired with half halts. You have to learn about half halts because they will also help re-balance your horse amongst other things.
It would so help to have a trainer... keep looking for someone!
This isn't even getting into dressage.. these are just the starting blocks.
Definitely be open to researching and learning.