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post #1 of 7 Old 09-17-2011, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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What Can I Do To Improve Her Awful Neck?

There is no denying that my horse has a less-than-attractive neck, to say the least. It's skinny, upside downness doesn't really match the best of her body, and it bothers me. The people I purchased her from put a tie-down on here every single time they rode her, and when they barrel raced she would brace against it. Now, her neck is all wonky and ugly.
I'd like to know some things I can do to improve it. Is it really as bad as I think it is? Can I improve it at all, or am I stuck with that neck? I'll love her either way because she's a great horse.

PS. Sorry for the crappy phone pictures, and the fact that she's super duper out of shape. She's been off for a pretty bad injury for the past two months or so.
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post #2 of 7 Old 09-17-2011, 01:58 PM
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It really does not look that bad to me.. I have definitely seen worse. I would say just work on building up her upper neck muscle instead of the bottom. Not to sure on how to explain excersises for this soo I will leave it to somebody else. However she is a really pretty girl :]

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Your horse has a nice long neck that needs proper muscling. Improper riding can her look like a giraffe, because she can use it properly and round it, or rubberneck it to the sky, it's up to you. Collection excercises, but you must know what you are doing or you could asservate the giraffe action. In short, lots of leg, mostly upper calf, little hand, only enough to catch her energy & use it, and circles. Squishy fingers, no pulling back, only raising the rein slowly while using calf pressure, lower immediately when you get the neck rounding & coming down. Do this consistantly. Do not increase the pressure of the cues, just keep on her, annoyingly until she responds. It's like someone tapping you on the shoulder lightly, but consistently, eventually you will respond. She has been forced with a tiedown, now you have to show her another way. Good luck, it's certainly doeable with that long neck of hers.

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It really does not look that bad to me.. I have definitely seen worse. I would say just work on building up her upper neck muscle instead of the bottom. Not to sure on how to explain excersises for this soo I will leave it to somebody else. However she is a really pretty girl :]
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Your horse has a nice long neck that needs proper muscling. Improper riding can her look like a giraffe, because she can use it properly and round it, or rubberneck it to the sky, it's up to you. Collection excercises, but you must know what you are doing or you could asservate the giraffe action. In short, lots of leg, mostly upper calf, little hand, only enough to catch her energy & use it, and circles. Squishy fingers, no pulling back, only raising the rein slowly while using calf pressure, lower immediately when you get the neck rounding & coming down. Do this consistantly. Do not increase the pressure of the cues, just keep on her, annoyingly until she responds. It's like someone tapping you on the shoulder lightly, but consistently, eventually you will respond. She has been forced with a tiedown, now you have to show her another way. Good luck, it's certainly doeable with that long neck of hers.
Thank you very much! I'm not sure why they put a tie down on her because she keeps her head fairly low while riding, and she's a barrel horse for pete's sake, so it's not like her head needs to be super low. I can definitely do lots of leg and little rein. She's really good about that.

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some barrel(higher level) are trained well enough that they can use it correctly as a brace to help them get around. However an unproperly trained horse it causes more damage then good and when you take it off you havea very unbalanced horse (my gelding is this way right now as he was always ridden with one also.)

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Yes, it's a brace when running the barrels, but really shouldn't be ridden in, IMO. Scotty is not a barrel horse, but they needed more entries & interest for my riding club's event for sponsorship money, so I took him. There is no way I could run him at speed without one, and get a sort of respectable time & not look like a ringer, lol. He is never ridden with any kind of tiedown or martingale normally, in fact he never races anymore. He is my husband's horse & is ridden English.
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some barrel(higher level) are trained well enough that they can use it correctly as a brace to help them get around. However an unproperly trained horse it causes more damage then good and when you take it off you havea very unbalanced horse (my gelding is this way right now as he was always ridden with one also.)
just realised I didnt finish my sentence but when you put it on an unblanced horse and then try to take it off that horse becomes an absolute mess and is all over the place. (my gelding is having to relearn his balance without it now)

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