Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
you do not need spurs to teach a horse to bend.
I have successfully reschooled horses who where as stiff as planks without ever using spurs.
My current baby is learning to bend and we do have an issue on the right rein. It just means that I need to get him bending properly, lots and lots of circles, serpintines and turns.
Try putting 2 cones or blocks or jump wings in the school (as though you were setting up a jump but with no poles) bend her around it on each rein asking her to bend through her entire body and get her as close and tight to it as possible, you are aiming for her to start yielding her hind end and starting to almost do a turn on the forehand, then start doing a figure of 8 tight to the wings.
Change rein quite often.
Anouther exercise to teach bending is called the celtic knot Using a 5m circle as your centre point set up 3 poled radiating out from the circle to form an equalatteral triangle. Once you have that set up then you want to do almost a celtic knot type shape, over the centre of one pole, round the outside edge of the next, over the centre of the next etc, change rein and keep doing it.
(if that isnt very clear I will try and draw a picture)
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT