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    04-03-2010, 10:41 PM
typical arab...

The horse I ride is an Arabian, who was pretty out of shape last fall, but has since built back up his top line and looking really good. Usually he does a very arab canter with his nose to the sky completely hollow. WELL today we went over to the local riding park today and he was very forward and tracking up well at the walk so at the trot (I usually have to work to keep him round), while suppling at he picked up a canter (I'm sure I accidentally cued him), anyways, he was perfectly round with a really good head set, (my trainer said it looked perfect from the ground) the only problem was he was actually trying to get me off so he could run and frolic in his new environment. SO my question is next time he does this, how do I tell him I want him to do this besides just alot of praise because I want him to know he's doing it for the wrong reason but that I want him to do it(without the trying to get me off him part)
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    04-04-2010, 10:31 AM
I am not sure that any horse will concern himself with the reasons he doing anything under saddle other than you asked. They just don't worry about stuff like that. As long as he, and YOU, are correct, the reasons are moot or will make total sense to all involved.

I think I understand what you are saying however, and that opens a larger box of responses. My personal take on this, please remember that I cannot see you or your horse, is that there are incomplete aids involved. Chances are, he was correctly collected due to honouring your request inspite of high spirits. At this point I have to ask how heavy he was in your hand, and how much seat and leg of yours was engaged? True collection/roundness come from PUSHING the horse forward THRU elastic yet direct fingers with clear weighted seat and engaged leg. "Headset" (I cringe at this term) comes from static hanging of hands and maybe some cosmetic flailing of leg.

No comment on your trainer's perception. Again, I can't see you, I can't see what she is seeing.

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