Originally Posted by Elana
FWIw the last pictures do NOT help her at all. LOL
She has a very strong coupling and I love the images showing how well she reaches under herself with her hind feet. She is a bit butt high.
Keep on training her and see what she seems to turn on to. Lay a foundation with no holes first (at 3 years old she is perfect for that). Get her working off her hind quarters and coming up to you.. so you can lighten her front and get her to change leads and so forth. Get her working her ring of muscels.
The better her foundation (which you will build over the next year) the better barrel horse (or reiner or whatever) she will be for you.
"coming up to you" , do you mean to work on collection in general - getting her soft in the bridle?, get her to hover over her hind end? Yes we are working on that
. I just switched her from regular offset Dring snaffle to 3 piece snaffle with barrel in the middle (in the arena) on the trail I ride her with short 5" shank Reinsman bit (same 3 piece mouth peace) .She gives horizontally and vertically very well, it's been a challenge to get her to stay working off her hind end. (maybe because she is still butt-high? There is about 1" difference between her butt and wither height ATM.), but when she's warmed up and we do lots of roll-backs, trot and stop/backup she is much better..
- After I warm her up trotting we do lots of circles first large, then small - tight ones, she does them fairly well to the point where I just pin my eyes to a certain spot in the sand and she goes around it without me using the reins much at all, I think she can feel my seat and thighs shift very well. Then we work on yielding shoulders and sidepassing (sidepassing goes better then actually moving shoulders that much, she knows how to roll back though), then we move haunches in a circle both ways and practice a lot of backing up, that he can do very well.. then practice yielding hindquarters in walk and trot. She CANNOT do flying lead changes yet, but she will take the correct lead when I ask her to (most of the times).
- not sure how to get get her doing flying lead changes from this point on - any tips?
- also it's hard to keep her in nice slow lope, she tends to hollow out is I ask her to slow-lope (precedes with very fast trot LOL), she is comfortable in fast paced canter and then I can feel her balancing herself much better... any clue why?