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    08-28-2013, 06:37 PM
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How to keep horse's head up with my legs?

I rode a new horse at lesson today and may I say that she was totally headache inducing? I probably exaggerated, but she really wanted to put her head down and at my other barn, if they do that, I was taught to pull her head back up. And frankly, rarely do they do that when trotting, usually only when we are just waiting to get into arena, or long rein walking.
This mare, is constantly trying to put her head down when I'm riding her, and I'm doing all these trotting exercise, up up down, two points, and I shorten my rein, and she's totally dragging me forward. I guess my seat is still not secure because I felt like I was fallin forward. I pulled my rein a bit to get her head back up and the trainer said don't use my hand, use my legs... I can't figure out how. She told me to squeeze, and I did. And she would move and then do it again... Lasted the whole freakn lesson :(
     
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    08-28-2013, 06:44 PM
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Yearling
Is it a Western Pleasure trained horse? She might be trained to be a peanut roller, in which care pulling her head up would likely confuse her, since she's been trained to keep it down.
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    08-28-2013, 06:45 PM
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You push the horse up into your hands. You use your core to not be yanked forward when she tries. Tighten your abs and HOLD your hands but PUSH PUSH PUSH with your legs and when she stops pulling, then relax your abs and soften.

Likely she's pulling because she needs more leg.
     
    08-28-2013, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
You push the horse up into your hands. You use your core to not be yanked forward when she tries. Tighten your abs and HOLD your hands but PUSH PUSH PUSH with your legs and when she stops pulling, then relax your abs and soften.

Likely she's pulling because she needs more leg.
Thanks!! Next time I will tighten my cores more. I kept being dragged down by her head I was so frustrated.
     
    08-28-2013, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Fayewokf    
Thanks!! Next time I will tighten my cores more. I kept being dragged down by her head I was so frustrated.
I know exactly what you mean... it ticks me off to no end!!!! But the good thing is it will get better. Just also be aware of what your hands are doing.

My default is to hold them close to me, but if I have short reins, that means I'm putting pressure unnecessarily in my horse's mouth. Now if I use rein and jsut let my arms go with the horse, then my horse doesn't yank back on me anymore.. and if they try I use leg leg leg and hold my core tight.

:) You've got this!
     
    08-28-2013, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
I know exactly what you mean... it ticks me off to no end!!!! But the good thing is it will get better. Just also be aware of what your hands are doing.

My default is to hold them close to me, but if I have short reins, that means I'm putting pressure unnecessarily in my horse's mouth. Now if I use rein and jsut let my arms go with the horse, then my horse doesn't yank back on me anymore.. and if they try I use leg leg leg and hold my core tight.

:) You've got this!
This maybe a culprit, coz the more she does it, the more I think maybe short reins will help...nightmare. Thanks for all your pointers. It's so hard :)
     

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