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    03-14-2013, 02:08 PM
Actually I have an extra set of Larry's videos that I would sell
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    03-14-2013, 02:21 PM
There will be a big clinic coming up in september right where I board my horse and I will participate to it and i've contacted the lady that will come and she's the one I talked about that said pretty much the same thing that she's off balance and need to work on the bending. I also have a riding lesson teacher that probably could help me out if she can. Thank you very much, I will do some research later on tonight to find videos ;)
    03-14-2013, 02:37 PM
Good luck I'm 51 and it took me many years to gain the knowledge that is out there I wish I hadthings available today years ago other so much more information out there
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    03-14-2013, 02:51 PM
I really want to make this work and give it a try, it would cost a fortune to have a chiro come and check my mare as there are no chiro near and I can't travel either because I don't have a trailor or vehicule that could pull one so if it's caused by an off balance then I should be able to try and fix it myself, hopefully! ;)

One more thing, churumbeque, what should I be looking for or what is is called specifically the bending exercises that I should teach her? Im in another forum (josh and john lyons) and I could ask some help on this forum for guidance to training my mare to bend.
    03-14-2013, 03:03 PM
It's a shame that there isn't an equine chiro nearby! However I'm not convinced it's a chiro problem. Have you had a neurological evaluation on her? At a few moments during the videos (and this might just be me!) I felt like your horse stood awkwardly or was about to trip, or looked mildly uncomfortable. Again, it might just be me! I would see what your vet has to say. :)
    03-14-2013, 03:05 PM
By the way... she looks SO cute in that last video! I love teal on her coloring!!
    03-14-2013, 03:35 PM
No I never had her take a neurological test because I never thought about getting her one, if she has had one before with her previous owners then I am not aware but since I've had her she saw the vet only once (may 2012) and it was for vaccines only. Yes it is a shame that there are no chiro or equine specialized clinics or what so ever. Even our vet only comes only once a week '__'
And thank you for your comment, she does look pretty awesome in teal/turquoise ;)
    03-19-2013, 11:19 AM
Josee, look at these before and after pictures on this thread. The before is an unbalanced horse and after he has learned some collection and looks balanced. This is what I am seeing in your horse.

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    03-19-2013, 08:07 PM
What I see in those pics are a straight head before and a collected head in the after pics. Does this mean I would have to start riding like that?
    03-19-2013, 08:15 PM
It's not only in the head, if you take a close look! :)


Note how the horse in the first set of images is rather strung/stretched out. The back is hollow, and if you take a look at the trot strides-- the length between the back legs is shorter than the length between the front, and he isn't reaching very far under himself, indicating that this horse isn't using his hind end as efficiently as he could be.


In the second set of pictures, the horse does have a pretty "head set," but he is accepting the bit contact and doing much more! Look at how engaged his hindquarters are-- how far he is reaching under himself to meet with that front hoof! There isn't a gap between his front and back stride. His hind end looks rounder and his back is less hollow.

A horse like this is strong. I think what churumbeque is trying to say is that strength and proper movement are part of balance, and that a horse with this kind of form will balance much easier than one that is strung out!

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