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    06-06-2010, 06:13 PM
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Bending Exercises?

My beautiful horse Jerry wasn't trained right when he was a baby, so now its starting to affect him in everyday riding. Sometimes I'll ask him to bend through the corners, and he bends to the outside! I know I'm using all the correct aids because my instructor tells me I'm doing it right, so is it just something that I'm going to have to work out?

I ride in a smooth mouth, full cheek, single jointed snaffle, very similar to this one: Full Cheek Snaffle Bit - Dover Saddlery.

My saddle fits him fine, it's a little low in the front, but that really doesn't affect him.

All my tack is in good condition, so it must be him and his odd training that makes him do this.


So, does anyone have any exercises that will help him to bend through corners and on the straight lines?
     
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    06-06-2010, 06:46 PM
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Originally Posted by AngelWithoutWings54    

My saddle fits him fine, it's a little low in the front, but that really doesn't affect him.

All my tack is in good condition, so it must be him and his odd training that makes him do this.


So, does anyone have any exercises that will help him to bend through corners and on the straight lines?
I'm confused, don't you also have a post that states that you want to get your saddle up off your horses withers? It sounds to me like your saddle may not be fitting correctly if this was problem enough to post a question about it.

On the ground you can work on your horse "giving" when you pull the lead line up towards the withers. Just pull up with pressure and when your horse stands and bends his head around IMMEDIATELY release. Your horse may walk in circles at first until it figures it out but eventually will. This is one of the first things my trainer friend does with her colts before ever getting on them. Eventually your horse should be able to touch it's nose to it's girth. Later you can do this while in the saddle. I do it every time I ride for a warm up exercise.

Walking in circles and figure eights that slowly get tighter and tighter can also help.

Lunging with side reins may help....but I would do it under your trainers supervision to start out with because if done wrong, you can make things worse.

You mentioned your trainer above and I am sure they could also give you some nice bending exercises to do on your own. I know in the past when I would ask any of my trainers for homework, they would load me up!
     
    06-06-2010, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
I know in the past when I would ask any of my trainers for homework, they would load me up!
I agree and if all the trainer is saying that she is doing it right then I would question the trainers ability.

In my world under me you don't advance one step in the wrong position without correction....and immediate. That does not mean saying everything you are doing is correct for obviously you aren't.

A good trainer will assess the situation and make suggestions and IMMEDIATE corrective instructions or explanations.
     

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