Rounding through transitions?

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  • Horse stick head out transition
  • My pony sticks her head forward

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    05-10-2012, 10:39 PM
Rounding through transitions?

I am currently doing Training level dressage and lower level eventing with my pony. She goes into a nice forward frame in all her gaits, but when she does transitions she sticks her head straight out and avoids contact. She only does this during the transition, usually a step after it I can have her back into a frame. Does anyone have any tips/suggestions on keeping a pony in a frame through transitions?
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    05-10-2012, 11:22 PM
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It may be that you are "holding" her in a frame when she is moving forward, and she is relying on your hand to hold her, then during the transition, you are in some way changing your hand, which causes her to loose the "crutch" and struggle for her balance, until you get her back on your hand.

It might mean that she is not carrying herself to begin with. You might try riding her in the various gaits and see what happens when you give her the inside rein, like a huge loop in it. Can she keep the soft bend in the poll or will she throw her head out and fall forward. If it's the latter, then she is leaning too hard on the bit to begin with and your job will be to work on getting her to respect the bit as a "guide" but not as a ledge on which to hang her head.

If you would like to post a video we might be able to see what's going on.
    05-10-2012, 11:27 PM
What I do is test my horse. If he's forward and "together" then I put my leg on so he goes faster. If he stays together then I bring him down and ask for the next gait up (or down) if he throws it away, I continue at that pace until he gets put together again and then slow down, and ask.

It could be a number of things. Maybe you tense up when you ask for a transition (too strong of a half halt from your hand instead of seat and hand?) or he could be hanging on your hands. Video would help

And you ARE continuing to ride as you transition, right? Cause as soon as you stop riding, your horse has no reason to be engaged.
    05-11-2012, 06:27 AM
Agree with tinylily, check to see if your pony is in self carriage by riding on a progressively longer rein and seeing if he remains between the aids or loses it (snatches the reins out of your hands, falls on the forehand, falls in or out of a circle).

You may as well find out because such is an important element of the test.
    05-11-2012, 09:31 AM
The instructor I train with says that she uses herself well, and she's never really hanging on me while we're doing circles or other movements, but she does lose her frame when we go on the track... which makes me think that maybe it's a balance issue. I'm going to try doing the exercises that tinyliny and Skyseternalangel suggested today. Unfortunately, I don't have anyone to take video... Thank you guys so much!!!
    05-11-2012, 09:40 AM
Best of luck! It just takes some time :)
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    05-15-2012, 04:50 PM
About 1 step before you ask for transition bring her nose SLIGHTLY to the inside (just enough to see her eye), THEN ask for the transition. After transition allow inside rein to straighten back to where it was.

If horse tries to "turn" inside when you bend her inside then use your inside thigh to push her inside shoulder into your outside rein.
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    05-15-2012, 05:19 PM
Thanks guys!! I'm going to put all of this to the test tonight :)

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