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        05-06-2014, 06:56 PM
    Help with balancing and regaining rhythm with my TB

    Hello! Never done one of these forums before but I thought I'd give it a try in the mean time before I can have a one on one with my trainer.
    I recently just got my 9 year old ottb, Elvis in March. He's a completely mush and I love him immensely but prior to me having him, he had 6 months off after his lease fell through and basically just sat with the exception of maybe 3 rides, including me going to try him. Since I've had him at my farm, he's definitely improved some and has shown that he's athletic and willing, but we are having trouble balancing especially to the right. I've also noticed that he's beginning to go past "reaching for contact" and instead he's evading it by almost touching the floor with his nose. For the most part tracking left I can get him to stay at a good pace with a few half halts here and there, but tracking right he begins to get really quick, head up, leans, and ignores both my hands and seat. It's slightly better if I sit the trot but not by much. I've noticed it's much harder for him to pick up the canter this direction too, which I know this is common in TBs but will take any help/advice I can get! Thank you!

    BTW he's ridden in a slow twist snaffle - that's all he was ridden in before I got him. I've tried him in a french link and while he didn't mind it, he didn't have any brakes with it. I appreciate all suggestions and tips!
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        05-06-2014, 07:12 PM
    Sounds like he just needs some more muscle in his hind end to help him carry himself better. Do you have any fields or trails you can ride him in? Even a little sloping area will help him build up some muscle back there. If not, simple walk/trot and trot/halt transitions will get him there.
        05-06-2014, 07:18 PM
    Thanks for your input! We do have trails but they aren't ride-able at the moment and our paddocks are pretty flat =/ I have made it a point to do lots of transitions - he has no problem getting up and going but slowing down and collecting is the issue. Today I did walk/trot transitions, figure eights, circles, sitting trot-posting trot alternates, anything I could think of. It helped half way but he still had moments of getting super quick and hurried. Same at the canter - if I'm tracking left on a circle he'll go beautifully but going full-ring or to the left he gets choppy and quick. The only time he'll go at a decent pace is if he's got his head down to the floor and putting all his weight into my hands. He definitely needs more weight and muscle everywhere but mostly his back, neck and topline. Thanks so much for your advice - I guess we've just gotta keep doing what we're doing - patience is definitely a part of the horse world!
        05-06-2014, 07:23 PM
    Yeah, if he's leaning on the reins to hold himself up, he's just trying to train you to do his work for him. Lots of half halts and transitions.
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        05-06-2014, 07:31 PM
    Thanks so much for your help!

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