To get the head to drop appropriately, the horse needs to respond to the outside aid halfhalts on the sit portion of the rising trot (inside rein holding, inside leg driving that horse into the outside holding leg and the outside rein and seatbone halfhalt), and then the positioning rein on the inside when you rise (outside rein now holding, outside leg holding with slight drive, inside leg driving and inside rein encouraging the bend around inside leg). Everytime you sit, the positioning inside rein should be released slightly. Everytime you rise, the halfhalting outside rein should be released.
Natural softening will occur when the horse is driving from the hind end, responding in balance with the halfhalts, and bending their barrel around the inside leg. Quiet hands will encourage it.
People see an over exhagerate example of this and try to duplicate the idea by seesawing, which is just the back and forth movement of the reins without the other aids. Tickling the reins is just another surface movement you use when you don't know how to properly use the aids. Some horses bend to it, others refuse to.
The softening issue shouldn't be addressed until the horse tracks up and is moving freely under a rider. This horse has a big stride that she isn't being allowed to use. This could be Jore's fault or it could be the horse's owners fault if she is ridden like this on a daily basis. Big strided horses can be a bit intimidating because they feel like they are running away, when really, they are just moving out to whats natural to them.
This is more of a riding critique. Watching her move in the video tells us very little since her natural motion is being restrained by the rider (again, Jore's doing or just what the horse has been trained to do).
Overall I think she's pleasant and willing under the circumstances.
Last edited by Copperhead; 08-29-2012 at 10:58 PM.