how do I keep my horse on the bit through all gaits?

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how do I keep my horse on the bit through all gaits?

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    02-02-2009, 06:34 PM
how do I keep my horse on the bit through all gaits?

I have some trouble keeping my horse on the bit at all times. She'll be on it for several strides and then break out of it. This is more my fault than hers. She knows exactly how to keep a frame, but I have trouble getting her there, probably because people have shown me so many different methods of how to do it.

Sorry if this is a really broad question, but what are some tips for keeping my horse happily on the bit, while being supple and relaxed, through all gaits & transitions? I know that I have to keep her hindquarters engaged first and foremost.

Thanks in advance!
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    02-03-2009, 02:21 AM
Do not touch the front end. She can handle keeping a contact just fine, the back end is all you need to worry about. This is a huuuuuge roadblock for most people, including me. The highest scores I have gotten on tests are those where I have just put my hands in front of the saddle and not touched the reins the entire ride. If you are keeping your leg on and the horse properly pushed up, she should keep the contact and stay on the bit herself.
    02-03-2009, 10:04 AM
Is she young, or had not much training?? She may still need time to learn to ballence with the weight of the rider and develope the muscles in her hind end and back to allow her to do so.
    02-03-2009, 10:09 AM
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...practice.... (sorry - I wanted to post this really awesome response but this is where i'm having my issues. So I have no wisdom to share but I really wanted to respond...It's leg leg leg...)
    02-03-2009, 08:32 PM
Thanks guys, that was helpful.

Anebel - That makes a lot of sense. I notice that too, when I just simply hold the reins and work at her back end, her head ends up coming under too. Thanks!

Miss Katie - No, she's 18 yo and knows what she's doing. Its just me having to get her there.

Farmpony - Haha, thanks! Practice does make perfect after all.

Thanks again!!
    02-04-2009, 05:20 PM
Make sure you arnt dropping your contact, if you are she has nothing to hold her frame with

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