12-29-2009, 10:51 PM
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I have a fjord/qh that likes to duck behind. Does he track up? Can you warm him up on a long rein, long and low and slowly slowly take contact and when he starts to mouth the bit, completely release the inside rein (it works even better if done while riding thru a corner) Then gently take it back up (maintain a quiet connection to the outside). Its giving a huge reward (release of the inside rein) when he mouths the bit. When he ducks, I ride him from the back and just worry about getting his rhythm again and being very quiet with the outside rein. Again, when he mouths the bit, total release of the inside and slowly regain connection. Lots of little moments of doing this and big rewards when he mouths the bit and he'll learn to trust the outside rein. This helped with our guy. And ride him on a loose rein but forward into your hand, long and low. I think he's cute!