06-13-2011, 03:28 PM
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Carrot stretches- how to stop the spinning?!
I've read tons of other posts on this topic, and followed MIEventer's links to videos of doing the carrot stretches, but I am just getting started with introducing the carrot stretch to my lease, a 16-yr old Morgan mare who is stiff-stiff-stiff. We are doing lots of work on bending, flexibility, etc. on the ground and under saddle, and I'd like to add the carrot stretches in after we ride. I've tried a couple of times, and though she is very carrot-motivated, this exercise is all new to her, so when I'm working with her by myself, she is certainly taking the easy way out an spinning her whole body around rather than stretching back for the carrot. Today, someone else happened to be in the barn after our ride, and it made a world of difference to have someone stand next to the off-side which prevented her from spinning around after the carrot. It was really hard for her, but she did make the effort to stretch back to her shoulder for the carrot (and that was about as far as she could go). My question for all of you is how to keep working on this if I'm by myself, which will be most days. This is something I'm eager to work on, but need some advice on getting started until she gets the hang of what I'm asking and stays standing still. Thanks for your advice!