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post #11 of 17 Old 07-28-2013, 04:48 PM
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Loose rings can pinch the cheeks. Have you tried an eggbutt version of the same bit?

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post #12 of 17 Old 07-28-2013, 05:51 PM
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Some loose rings pinch. I find that the mostly western versions of the bit do. They often have flatter rings that require a much bigger hole in the mouth. I will not use them. The dressage style loose rings don't often have that problem
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post #13 of 17 Old 07-29-2013, 04:28 AM
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I would agree with Alison Finch in saying your inconsistent contact is the problem. i Feel in the walk and trot your reins are often too long, you need to keep a comfortable feel on her mouth all the time not only a feel when she braces. a few of the canters seem to show a better contact and she seems quieter.

Apart from the hands and the issues with small circles already mentioned , remember to keep your toes point forward rather than out so you don't grip with your knees.

Looks like improvements though!
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Personally, I see a horse that really wants to move OUT and FORWARD that feels trapped by your hands and stiff riding, causing her to suck up and back, shorten her stride, and raise her head. Don't worry about her being hot. Let her find her own stride - a big, loose swinging gait where she steps under herself and really has to work her hind end. It'll feel giant to you, and probably a little overwhelming the first few times around the arena. Just tell yourself that you actually want her big, fast trot (which you probably consider her "hot" trot) - with time, she'll learn to slow down and carry herself and still move forward without the speed that likely causes you to pull on the reins and cause more frustration for her. The bit isn't the problem in the least. Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't have contact. You should ALWAYS have light, steady and giving contact. If she raises her head, you raise your hands and keep the same contact. She can't learn to brace against them. You just need more leg, and a lot of it. Everything else will follow, I promise! Once you have a steady rhythm and she is carrying herself consistently, you can begin working towards a stretch in the trot.

If you want to hear what I'm saying from someone who can explain it a lot better, check out arttoride on youtube. ArttoRide - YouTube. Will Faerber is an amazing rider and trainer with a wealth of information that every rider can use, but especially those in a situation like yours. I think you'll see (and FEEL!) a difference from just one ride if you just give her more leg and don't get scared from the bigger, more swinging trot. I haven't mentioned cantering at all, because you can't achieve this at the canter until she's using herself to her full potential at the trot, and therefore there's no need to be working on faster gaits yet.
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post #15 of 17 Old 07-31-2013, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Just to let you guys know, we have been working really hard on her relaxing and here are some results.

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post #16 of 17 Old 07-31-2013, 10:38 PM
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Just watched your video. There is some improvement, but I still stand by my previous post.
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post #17 of 17 Old 08-01-2013, 12:58 AM
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The main thing about your newest video is you are not giving with your arms at the canter.. you're just holding them at a 90 degree angle and all the movement is coming from your upper body.

Relax.. try to just lope big big circles "on the buckle" and focus on moving with her.. not freezing in a position.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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