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post #11 of 14 Old 02-19-2009, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice, Koomy!! I'll definitely try that!

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post #12 of 14 Old 02-19-2009, 06:39 AM
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Originally Posted by koomy56 View Post
Do something different. Instead of always correcting him, and feeling like you're constantly telling him he's doing the wrong thing, how about switching it up a bit and go with his ideas..

That is what I meant by being one dimensional. But be creative.

Anyways carry on.
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-09-2009, 11:17 PM
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Check out this article on correcting counter bend - it may help!
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-10-2009, 02:45 AM
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Try telling hime what TO do instead of what NOT to do. As other posters have said, stop trying to correct him and instead try making it clearer to him exactly what you want him to do. Prevention is always better than cure ;)

So say you're coming up to a corner and you know he's going to counter bend. Ride him into it in shoulder fore and let him know that you want him to stay in shoulder fore by keeping your aids firm on him. If he's in shoulder fore, so that he's already bent slightly more to the inside than if he is straight, it's going to more of a hassle for him to counter bend. SHoulder fore will also help in canter when he is trying to buck and get his head down. If you keep him constantly thinking, giving him new instructions every few strides, he will become so tuned into what you are going to ask him next that he won't be taking matters into his own hands. When I ride young horses and tb's, I continuously ask them to change how they're working, even just slightly, like flexing 2cm to the left, then to the right, maybe asking to tempo to slow slightly, then quicken it a little, put a few 15/10m circles in when you're going down the long side, leg yield him out of turns, off circles etc. Keep him thinking, keep his brain active and tuned into you and you won't have a drama ;)
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