Originally Posted by Brighteyes
Thanks for the replies! I'm not sure how a curb would help either. Whether is does or not is up to the experts.
After riding Rocky all this weekend, Baby Girl's comparable lack of smoothness is more annoying than ever.
Come down my way and ride her... You can sleep in my attic.
But I be so lazy! A 9 hour trip doesn't suit me at all. ;) Besides, you haven't ridden smooth until you've ridden one of the ponies here. Trainer's already said that you can trailer BG up and he'll give you some pointers before you send her up for training!
I'mma TRY to explain why *we* do it, but I'll probably fail miserably. As I said, I'll ask my trainer and relay what he says.
We use it to support the front end. Can our horses gait without contact? Sure. We are asked to in our shows. But it's an icky thing. We actually drop contact to ask for a pace or trot-- even these gaits have a purpose. It's a difference in signal.
However, this DOES NOT seem to work on an unfinished horse. Hands high in a curb will trigger a pace in some horses. Like The Cow. She'd hollow out and pace. I have a feeling that, since BG's issue IS hollowness, that she will just Nighty all over the place.