Originally Posted by enc0410
I agree that you need to bring your hands up to maintain a straight line from the elbow to the bit. I also suggest lunging the horse with V reins. He/she seems hollow in the back and above/evading the bit. Lunging with v reins helps develop topline (over neck and back) muscles and encourages flextion at the poll. You can look up youtube videos on how to use v reins. Most videos you will find will probably use surcinges, but you could easily replicate it with a saddle and rope. You want to run the rope from the billet strap above where the girth buckles through the bit to a ring (or twine loop) in the center of the girth between legs, through the bit on the other side and to the billet strap on the other side. You will end up with a sideways v on both sides. Don't put the reins tight you want to allow the horse to choose the height of head carriage while still maintaining forward contact with the bit. The horse is a lovely mover just needs some more topline muscling so he will carry himself better.
I actually have a surcingle and lunge him in side reins a couple times a week. His top line is weak because he had time off and a weight issue over the winter :/. We also have been doing a lot of hill work. Do side reins work similarly to v reins? Posted via Mobile Device