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    09-12-2013, 09:50 AM
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I have a terrible habit of dropping my inside shoulder and didn't realize how much negative effect it was having until someone had me ride with that raised upwards every time I did it - which was most of the time!!!
I know what you mean about the nagging heels because Willow is a horse that I seem to be constantly having to push on to get any energy from her and now I seem to be doing it all the time - If I rode Flo like that we'd be 2 counties away
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    09-13-2013, 12:59 PM
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Originally Posted by jaydee    
I know what you mean about the nagging heels because Willow is a horse that I seem to be constantly having to push on to get any energy from her and now I seem to be doing it all the time - If I rode Flo like that we'd be 2 counties away
Yep I'm the same if I rode Belle like that (sadly I had to show friend who was riding Belle how you can't really even have your legs touching her sides unless you want her bouncy and joggy...I know this is a fault...but as soon as she realised that was how you had to ride her she had a relaxed and chilled TB to play with).

Should I experiment with spurs? (although I'm not keen on them, but I should learn to use them more I think).
    09-13-2013, 01:25 PM
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That's 'funny' as I dug out my spurs yesterday to try. I find she tenses up a bit with a schooling whip - she had a bad time in her life before we got her and she's never really forgotten it and always anticipates that she's going to get a beating and not a tap I think
Most of Willows problem is boredom in the ménage - she's a different horse out on a hack and show her a jump and she's right on her toes. Trouble is a lot of the time here I have no choice but to ride in the ménage, it would be Ok if the fields weren't as level as a stormy sea!!!
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