Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Long and Low is actually good, when you ask for it. It is good because it builds up the Top Line and strengthens your horses back.
I remember when I taught Nelson Long And Low........I was kicking myself for it aftarwards, because he started to do exactly as what Sandie does. He will pull the reins out of my hands by throwing his head down and low - it has become an evasion.
He was doing that during our lessons, and my Coach would catch it. What he told me was, "It is your fault if you catch your horse in his mouth. It is your horses fault if he catches himself in his mouth."
Don't allow her to compromise your position. When she pulls down, hold your position - do not allow her to compromise your position. When she catches herself in the mouth, she will figure out that her attempt at this evasion, will not work because you do not compromise and she is hurting herself.
Your seat must be steadfast. That is why I stress over and over and over that you must ride on all 3 points. Your legs must be solid. Your upper body tall, with elbows at your side and hands secure on the reins - all while being soft and supple - - - tough one isn't it?
Here's a learning experience. While you sit on Sandie's back, as though you would while in movement *This means seat, legs, upper body, hand carraige, collection of reins* Then have your Coach or someone stand infront of Sandie, facing you. Have them grab the reins, one rein in each hand - and pull.
If this pull of the reins, makes you loose your position - you are not solid enough.
It all comes from your core.
You'll figure it out.
Nelson doesn't do it anymore unless I ask :)