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post #1 of 6 Old 07-10-2012, 05:59 PM Thread Starter
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"How to engage the hindquarters" *Video*


Came across this video that seems to make a lot of sense when talking about the highly coveted true collection of a horse. It is great when you can ride a horse with light contact which the horse seeks instead of them leaning or balancing on the rider's hands. Unfortunately the gals at my barn suggest a harsher bit to get a "lighter" front end when I think the problem may be the horse is just not strong enough to hold himself properly and is not yet ready for how the rider WANTS him or her to be, even if you are pushing them forward.

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-10-2012, 09:48 PM
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Wow, that's actually a great video! I've been looking for something like this.

And I cannot say how much it irks me to hear people talking about needing a harsher bit. No, no, NO! If you need a harsher bit, it means there is an error in the rider's training or the horse's training and you need to go back and fix that. A harsher bit may seem like a quick fix, but it's only temporary and puts the horse through more pain... especially if the rider does not know how to use such a strong bit properly.

The fact is, a bit does not control a horse. The bit is a tool for communicating to your horse, but really, any horse is perfectly capable of running through the bit if they want to. The point is that a stronger bit is not the solution. After all, we want a horse seeking contact instead of avoiding it, right? A harsh bit does not encourage the horse to seek contact; it simply forces contact upon him (of course meaning if it isn't used correctly. Then again, if the rider could use a bit correctly, why would she need a stronger one?)

Anyways, I'm done my little rant. And yes, it will take some time for the horse to learn to engage his hindquarters and back. It takes time and training (on both the horse and rider's part). A harsher bit is an easy substitution for hard work that in the long run really doesn't fix anything.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-11-2012, 12:46 PM
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Excellent video, and lots of great info!! Thanks for sharing!

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-11-2012, 01:17 PM
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Great video!

Thanks for sharing...

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-11-2012, 06:54 PM
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Great video! Subscribed to that channel!

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No problem! Thought some of y'all may like it as well. They have some other good videos as well.

Emerald..I totally agee with everything you said
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