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Head balancing left to right (trot only) HELP

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        03-19-2013, 07:49 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by existentialpony    
    It's not only in the head, if you take a close look! :)

    http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL236.../405997278.jpg

    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.

    http://pic90.picturetrail.com/VOL236.../405997156.jpg

    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!
    yes thank you I am not very good at typing what I am thinking because my mind can go a lot faster than my fingers . This is what I think you should strive for and you and your horse would be much happier . I am curious Josie what you meant by am I going to have to start riding like that? Do you not like the way that looks or what are you thinking ?
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        03-19-2013, 07:51 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    And her exclamation of the footballs are very important so we really start studying help horses feet are landing lights of stride between the front and the back . I get a lot of comments on how nicely my horse move in before I understood it I have pictures and she looks absolutely terrible and I just had to train her how to move correctly
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        03-19-2013, 08:52 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    Ohhhhh wow thanks for pinpointing out the differences between the pictures existentialpony, im not a person that notice things that much hehe the only difference I was seeing was the head but yeah I see what you mean the the legs stretching more on the second picture (like a bigger trot stride).
    Oh and churumbeque, to anwser your question, I am thinking that I don't know how to ride like that and that I don't know if I can, my mare is so light on her 'whoaa' that if I will try to hold her head tight like that, that she wont walk forward or do what I ask?? If that makes any sense at all!? I've always ridden with lightly loose reins, never tight.
    But yes I've heard riding collected makes your horse stronger, and also builds the muscles in the back since the back becomes more rounded :)
         
        03-19-2013, 09:16 PM
      #24
    Green Broke
    I can't remember which picture or video you posted but towards the end there's 1 word she's facing the camera and you're trying to stop her and her head is fighting you and pulling against you . When they understand to not pour give pressure but to give to it you won't be bracing and pulling against her and if she's not pulling you guess you you're riding we get much better I still am having a problem with your bitless bridle because she pulls against it and doesn't look like she even is stopping that well and it but again it's part of giving to pressure that's why she's not doing
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