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    02-02-2011, 11:03 PM
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Foal
Tips for turn on haunches/ground work?

Some things have come up recently that are preventing me from being able to ride for quite a bit. I was wondering if anyone had any tips to being turn on haunches on the ground (I know the basics) successfully?
Also, if you could give me some fun things to do during flat. Myabe things that will exercise her mind as well as get some energy out? Also some ground work to build a topline (if there are any), back muscles, and some muscle in my mares hindquarters.
I have access to an 80' by 100' (or something to that extent) indoor insulated arena. If that makes a difference. Also some things that you found maybe helped you get closed to your horse?

Thanks in advance,
~Alice & Diamond
     
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    02-03-2011, 10:39 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Lunge work with side reins will help build topline. More trot work and adding some poles fanned out works nicely. Canter work too, just don't over do it.

Backing in hand with the head lowered is great for topline and haunches, though it is hard on hocks and stifles, so don't do too much.

For turn on the haunches, work on a side pass first, encouraging the horse to cross it's legs over one another properly, not just crab walking sideways. Give lots of praise when he does it right. Small food treats help too if your horse isn't too much of a treat hound.
     
    02-04-2011, 09:38 AM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Lunge work with side reins will help build topline. More trot work and adding some poles fanned out works nicely. Canter work too, just don't over do it.

Backing in hand with the head lowered is great for topline and haunches, though it is hard on hocks and stifles, so don't do too much.

For turn on the haunches, work on a side pass first, encouraging the horse to cross it's legs over one another properly, not just crab walking sideways. Give lots of praise when he does it right. Small food treats help too if your horse isn't too much of a treat hound.

Thanks for the tips! Unfortuanatly, I'm not able lunge with side reins either. She can already do sidepass on the ground fairly well, but I always do that a few steps in each direction to warm her up, get her listening to my cues, get in the mind set of crossing her feet over, etc.

Thanks again,

Alice & Diamond
     
    02-04-2011, 09:46 AM
  #4
Green Broke
Why can you not use side reins?

If she'll lunge with her head lowered and back up on her own, then that would be helpful. Using trot poles or cavaletties on the lunge can be helpful with building topline and haunches.
     
    02-04-2011, 02:21 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Why can you not use side reins?

If she'll lunge with her head lowered and back up on her own, then that would be helpful. Using trot poles or cavaletties on the lunge can be helpful with building topline and haunches.

Well.. to be honest? I've done somethings that I shouldn't have, and my parents found out. I'm only allowed to go once a week to muck to take money off board. However, during this time a have a lot of free time, since my brother picks me up after he's out of school, and I'm done long before he picks me up. So I have time to work with her, but i'm not allowed to lunger or ride her.
     

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