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post #11 of 14 Old 12-12-2010, 10:56 PM
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Yep what tinyliny said. It's not just the rein that the horse runs through. It can brace the neck and set the jaw/poll then run itself onto the forehand, rings or not. It just takes good riding to lift the forehand and prevent the neck from bracing. Asking for right flexion for a few strides, then straight, then left flexion and so on, can help significantly, as well as a few different exercises that will take too long to explain now!
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-13-2010, 08:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you, ladies!

I was curious because I remember the dressage instructor I used to take lessons (for couple months only as she was hmmmmmmm "strange" ) was very pushy on me getting the loose rings, because "they don't let the horse to lock the bit". I still stayed with my eggbutt though (as my qh doesn't like the movement of loose rings, which is running her absolutely crazy).
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-21-2010, 06:01 PM
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If horse throws their weight on their front legs during a transition then you need to activate the hind legs more. So before you ask for walk (from trot) make sure that the horse is bringing both hind legs underneath their body and not outbehind their tail. Then as you squeeze the reins asking for the walk also keep BOTH legs on - lightly squeezing until horse walks. Think of asking for a trot/halt, then at last moment as hind legs come under the horse you "soften" your elbows and allow horse to walk forward instead of halting.

At first horse will get confused so may have to squeeze reins harder. Make certain that you are pressing DOWN on BOTH stirrups at the same time you're asking for the walk.

My guess is that your trot.halt transition are also not correct - is she halting square with hind legs directly undernaeth herself and NOT out behind? If not then working on rider keeping legs on when asking for trot/halt transition is where you want to start. Once you get that correct the trot/walk will be easier.

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post #14 of 14 Old 12-22-2010, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you, Valentina! :)
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