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post #11 of 20 Old 10-24-2012, 07:00 PM
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Very hard to get lunging photos on your own, but if she works like that all the time, things need to change. She's very jammed up and short in the neck, sucking back off the bridle. As such, she has hollowed and stiffened her back, the strides have become short and choppy. Basically, she's not working any muscles worth working, and will develop undermuscle and possible soreness through the joints and back due to the jarring motion of her strides.
I would REALLY like to see her allowed to bring her neck longer, stretch from the wither down and forwards, and sent forward until she unlocks her back. Then and only then will you make progress.
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post #12 of 20 Old 10-24-2012, 07:30 PM
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Looked at the photo lunging and it says to me, "Lengthen her side reins!!" She needs to reach forward and down... Kayty said it.

Look at this link and it may help you:
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post #13 of 20 Old 10-24-2012, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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Well actually no as I ride her most of the time it's hard to take pics whilst ridding she also gets lunged in her lunge halter not the bit but I made do with what I had out the farm that day..... Her reins are not tight! Possibble just the shot I got as I was juggling my whip lead iPhone and the silly cover from falling off ..... So when I'm ridding is it better I ask her to stretch to the ground?? Advice for under saddle would be great :)
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post #14 of 20 Old 10-24-2012, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and also she is usually lunged in a Pessoa system not the side reign again was just making do to get a pic
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Under saddle, I would work her forward and down. Not all the way to the ground, but with her head just below wither height, and really stretching at the base of her neck. Don't even worry about having her 'on the bit' yet. She also needs to learn to and be allowed to swing her back, and go really forward. Rider her in medium trot and canter everywhere, big sweeping figures like figure of 8's and serpentines will all help her develop muscle, suppleness and a willingness to go forward into the bridle.
Allow your hands to rest just in front of her wither, about 2 inches apart, and don't move them. If you try to see-saw her at all, you will teach her to back off the bit and be nervous of it, rather than to reach into it.
You should be doing this sort of work for a good couple of months before starting to shorten her frame.
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Kayty you make so much sense!
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post #17 of 20 Old 10-24-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Ok I think I understand my confusion correct me if im wrong .... now my way of training was successful with my first hack was because she was 5yo ott meaning she had all the correct build of mucle ect opposed to this mare being only 3yo and had no work meaning I need to work these mucle up first then commence the training routine ????
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Absolutely, you need to build the muscles before jamming them up.
I'm a Dressage rider and not at all a fan of how hacks are jammed up tight and short, but no matter what your preferred style of riding, the horse MUST build up muscle before you start trying to 'frame them up'. A Dressage horse is ridden in an open and quite long frame for at least its 3 year old year, and often its 4 year old. Many riders won't start laterals with them until 5 years, and only then are they expected to start shortening the frame.
I HATE seeing young horses jammed up and tight. It ruins them.

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Thanks kathy that makes sence now I also was never a fan I had a lady help me in person with my first mare at the start and I went on from there I'm not a fan of the lunging stuff I much prefer to ride them :)
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post #20 of 20 Old 10-25-2012, 07:29 AM
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Please do take a look at the BioMechanical riding link I sent you. It supports everything Kayty is saying.. and shows you what muscles you are trying to build.

If you can ride this horse on trails, getting her trotting up hills on a loose rein will help a LOT both to build her abdominal muscles, help her to reach forward and down with her head and it is just plain good for her mind to learn to work on varied terrain.

If she is too green for this, get out caveletti and gradually build up to trotting over 8 poles that are about 10-12 inches off the ground. Again.. loose rein so she can stretch forward and down with you off her back in a two point position (same with the hills.. stand in the stirrups and let her reach forward and stretch her back). BTW you start this with 2 poles laid on the ground.. build up to 8 laying on the ground and start to raise them bit by bit. Takes about a month to get her going over 8 at 10-12 inches 4-5 times (not necessarily consecutively) in any training session.

Least ways that is how I did it.

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