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    09-05-2008, 11:53 PM
  #11
Foal
Sorry I haven't replied in a while-- haven't been on the internet a whole lot, thanks to homework.

I have lessons with an instructor: it was her that suggested the stronger bit, too. We've been doing circles, trotting work and whatnot, and they help sometimes, but only while we're doing them or right after we did them.

Despite the resounding negative response to the idea, I have put a new bit on her and, short-term or no, it's working. She knows exactly what it can do, and is far more responsive when we use it, allowing me to ride with a looser rein and way lighter contact. Rather than dealing with the rushing and the pulling until she tires herself out, the last few times I've ridden we've had about ten minutes of head-tossing before she settles down.

Because of that, we can work on smaller circles and balancing work (Sempre's right in that a lot of it's a balance problem), bringing it back to basics as was suggested and having a way more efficient time of it. Walk/trot without fuss is a relief, you know? Being able to bring her down to a walk and have her actually stay there, rather than dancing and mini-trots. With any luck, bending work from there'll help with the leads, and that should be coming on well given a bit longer.
And it prevents the whole anger thing from getting in the way (right again), 'cause there's so much less to get angry at.

So, stuff's getting better, basically. Or at least it has excellent potential to do so.
Yay. Thank you.
     
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    09-06-2008, 04:12 AM
  #12
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Twig
Sorry I haven't replied in a while-- haven't been on the internet a whole lot, thanks to homework.

I have lessons with an instructor: it was her that suggested the stronger bit, too. We've been doing circles, trotting work and whatnot, and they help sometimes, but only while we're doing them or right after we did them.

Despite the resounding negative response to the idea, I have put a new bit on her and, short-term or no, it's working. She knows exactly what it can do, and is far more responsive when we use it, allowing me to ride with a looser rein and way lighter contact. Rather than dealing with the rushing and the pulling until she tires herself out, the last few times I've ridden we've had about ten minutes of head-tossing before she settles down.

Because of that, we can work on smaller circles and balancing work (Sempre's right in that a lot of it's a balance problem), bringing it back to basics as was suggested and having a way more efficient time of it. Walk/trot without fuss is a relief, you know? Being able to bring her down to a walk and have her actually stay there, rather than dancing and mini-trots. With any luck, bending work from there'll help with the leads, and that should be coming on well given a bit longer.
And it prevents the whole anger thing from getting in the way (right again), 'cause there's so much less to get angry at.

So, stuff's getting better, basically. Or at least it has excellent potential to do so.
Yay. Thank you.
congratulations for, hiding, the problem
     
    09-06-2008, 10:07 AM
  #13
Weanling
I'm glad you've been able to sort it out! :-D
     
    09-06-2008, 05:37 PM
  #14
Foal
Yeah, I know you've said it's 'hiding' the problem, Jeddah. I understand what you mean.
But in being hidden, the problem can be worked on. If I can't get Hope to do what I ask, nothing is going to change-- in fact, she'll get used to doing things improperly, and we'll dig ourselves further into our hole. Maybe the way you see it, this is because I'm not capable enough. I don't know.
     
    09-06-2008, 07:57 PM
  #15
Foal
When I say hiding the problem I mean:

1) First of all, you will not have to be as strong with your hands because the bit is doing it for you. Even though your hands are light the bit still has the same if not more pressure on her mouth than your other bit. Therefore making it the easy way out for you but exactly the same for her.

2) So she's getting the same feel to her mouth as before but someimtes when you ask a bit firmer, there's even MORE pressure on her, and eventually she will become resistent to that to and then just get worse.

3) The bit makes no difference if the rider has good hands (unless of course it's fitting poorly in the horses mouth). If a rider has good hands and uses there legs and body effectively, then the horse should respond the EXACT same way to every bit.

I highly encourage you to reconsider and just do some work on it. If she ducks her head down, push her FORWARDS with your legs or throw away your reins so she has nothing to lean on.

I also suggest watching this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKotL...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOqaD...eature=related
     

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