02-22-2009, 07:37 PM
| || | I agree with most of your top suggestions. The frame is definitely forced. Loosen them like showjumpinglife's pic. To start. Even if he has had work in side reins you will need to start with them loose anyway because you don't want to cause resistance or muscle spasms. But, about this [I would take the side reins off all together, and just work on basic walk, trot, canter at a rhythmical pace.] I would not shy away from the side reins just work with them looser. These things can be achieved more properly in side reins.
Originally Posted by MIEventer
I agree, they are much to tight, not only that, but he does appear to be ribby.
It isn't about forcing him into a false frame - is it about encouraging him to engage his back end, lift his back, track up and drive into the bridle.
Many people use side reins incorreclty. They are meant to replace your hands - while you on the ground is meant to replace what you would be doing in the saddle.
His frame is very incorrect LacyLove. He is inverted, on the muscle, back is dropped, not tracking up, with hind end carried high. He is stiff and using all the incorrect muscles.
It isn't about forcing a frame...............
Side reins have to be used correctly, when used incorrectly - you are essentially going backwards instead of forward in training.
Your horse has to know how to remain at a steady fluid rhythm. You want to encourage their back end to move under them, you want to encourage tracking up, you want to encourage softness, suppleness. All the while, your horse not speeding up.
He has no topline, no hind end muscle. No balance, no ability to carry himself. I would take the side reins off all together, and just work on basic walk, trot, canter at a rhythmical pace.
Is he rideable? If so, I would get out on those trails and help him beef up that way as well.
Proper feed will also help with his physcial condition to become that well balanced, muscled up, centered horse :)
He is lovely, he has a big heart and has expressive eyes. He looks to be very intelligent as well. What a sweetheart :)
A horse that is polished in said reins should have his nose very slightlyin front of the vertical seeking the bit.