Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Ahearn, and Appy, you guys almost brought tears to my eyes, that was so kind! I'm so happy with her progress - can you believe I've only been really asking for flexion and head carraige for a couple weeks?? I can't believe she's the same horse either... she's even started to move off my legs!!
She's still built downhill and I can tell that, but just... wow.
Appy, thank you for the comment on the avitar.. I started fiddling with one of my pictures and it turned into that!! I was kinda excited about that!
As for the trick for the head carraige, I will be posting a video about it next weekend - I took my camera out today (obviously) but the memory card had room for either 30 seconds of video or 80 pictures (don't ask me how that works, I don't know) so I chose pictures!
The trick, if I can explain it here, is to gather up contact, then on a 20-m circle, keep your outside rein steady, and pull straight back to your hip with your inside rein (no checking and giving, just a straight pull)... keep the horse on the circle with your legs, and anchor your inside hand on your hip; don't let it move from there. Let your horse toss its head and fight the bit - him putting his head in the right spot will relieve all the pressure. It might take a while for him to find it, and both of you will get frusterated with it, but keep going until he figures out that "hey, once I put my head in the right place, it is comfortable!"
The right place not only means he will have his head on ther vertical while being flexed at the poll and jaw, but it will also mean he's looking (flexing) to the inside.
No go large and try it on the rail - outside hand where it normally should be, and inside hand (same rein length as your outside rein) anchored at your hip. Your horse will probably want to follow the rein and turn a small circle, which is where your legs come into play - keep him on the rail. Once he is flexing consistantly with your hand anchored at the hip, you can start bringing your hand back to "normal" position - but whenever he puts his head out of place, you immediately anchor it back on your hip.
Like I said, a video will be posted next weekend :) I hope this makes some sort of sense?
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