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post #11 of 16 Old 10-23-2012, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
I agree with the above EXCEPT the hand position. I think her hand position is appropriate for the horse. YOu don't lower a horse' head by lowering your hands. The horse lowers his head, THEN you lower your hands.

She is maintainging a pretty good line to the bit, whatever the horse does with his head, and for a horse coming back into riding, this is great.

People who lower their hands way down onto te horse's neck trying to "pull' him down are doing one of my pet peeves.
Easy there, tiny! I absolutely never suggested she bury her hands to pull her horse's head down as you seem to think I did. In fact, I only said I'd like to see her hands a little lower. I never said a word about lowering his head and certainly never mentioned pulling it down. She asked about contact and bend. I suggested exercises that have worked for me for 40 years and many of my friends - some of them national and international show jumping riders. You seem to disagree or have misunderstood or know better. I just wanted to clear that up. Bygones.
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-23-2012, 07:00 PM
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Whoa Nelly! I slowed down my high horse so's I could get off.

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Thanks for the tips! I'm not wearing any spurs though, ha ha.

I actually just recently broke a really bad habit of having my hands too low, so I may be overcompensating. I do agree they are almost in my lap in some photos. I will definitely move them forward and lower them slightly. I will also definitely be letting down my stirrups a hole or two. Thank you for the advice! :)

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post #14 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 08:42 PM
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Beautiful horse!
I think you have nice equitation, and I really like your hands. You look a tad bit stiff to me, and I would bring your lower leg back a little, but overall very nice!
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 08:43 PM
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Also lengthen your stirrups a hole or two. :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-24-2012, 09:53 PM
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For a good bending exercise, while you are warming up at the walk, ride squares. Using your outside rein and leg, ask the horse to make a nice sweeping turn, then go straight until you are ready to make your next turn, and repeat outside leg/rein turn. Keep your inside leg soft for your horse to bend around and only use the inside rein as a flexion rein if you absolutely need it. Once your horse starts to bend through his body to make the turns, he will start to stretch into the reins. Obviously you need some rein contact to do this exercise. You can't make the turns with the reins in your lap, so this will help you keep your hands forward and the contact soft and spongy. Once your horse starts to bend through his body to make the turns, he will start to stretch into the reins, and you will be delighted to find a nice soft horse where that 2x4 used to be. Your position is good to go, so it's just a matter of unlocking your horse's stiff parts.

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