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    01-18-2011, 08:32 PM
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Trained
Stretchy Circle

So I finally am making some solid progress with my TB getting him to stretch forward into the contact. We've been doing some fantastic stretchy circles. He happily chews the reins out of my hands in a nice long and low frame. My question is, what is the correct way to come out of a stretchy circle and back into a normal working frame without killing the forward momentum or messing up the rhythm? It took me forever to get him to start stretching. The last thing I want to do it mess it up on the other side.
     
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    01-18-2011, 09:37 PM
  #2
Green Broke
I also would like to know that, as when I collect Buzz up it feels like I amrestricted him again... or something
     
    01-18-2011, 11:51 PM
  #3
Trained
The key is to keep your wrists and hands supple. Although you are shortening the reins, the feeling of freedom up front must remain.
In the stretchy circle, make sure you are not compromising your position. Even if the horse's nose is in the dirt, your ear-shoulder-hip-heel line must stay in tact!! This allows you to keep an uphill balance during the stretch. This way when you half halt to alert the horse that you will be picking up your reins, he doesn't have to re-balance, only bring the neck back up.

Good luck!
     
    01-19-2011, 01:12 AM
  #4
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
So I finally am making some solid progress with my TB getting him to stretch forward into the contact. We've been doing some fantastic stretchy circles. He happily chews the reins out of my hands in a nice long and low frame. My question is, what is the correct way to come out of a stretchy circle and back into a normal working frame without killing the forward momentum or messing up the rhythm? It took me forever to get him to start stretching. The last thing I want to do it mess it up on the other side.
I agree with Anabell but want to add a bit...remember to begin the half-halt with the leg and focus on keeping the pace regular. I have found it helps at first to have the horse go long maybe out of a corner when ending the stretchy circle. If you are posting the circle, keep posting the same or even a bit stronger. Think "go" instead of "slow"...
     

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