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post #11 of 14 Old 04-30-2014, 04:30 PM
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Thanks everyone. The idea of riding while on the lunge line does not sound at all secure to me. There is a trust issue at hand, not sure who the trust issue is directed to, but the thought of my horse being controlled by someone other than me, while I am on his back, makes my stomach flip flop.

Could I use a cirgincle (spelling) and lunge him to teach him to raise his head and break at the poll? Or is that a training no-no.
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post #12 of 14 Old 04-30-2014, 04:35 PM
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You don't use a Lunging Surcingle to teach breaking at the poll. You emphasize comfort with the bit while lunging with side reins or with a Bitting Rig, aka Pessoa.
You might benefit from watching Dennis Reis. He teaches a horse to ride with weight and to flex at the poll in every gait.
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When I was a kid my riding instructor had me hold a pair of reins and she would suddenly pull on them. At first I resisted but with practice I learned how to hold the reins yet allow her to flop my arms all over. I never knew which way she'd pull or when but it taught me how to relax from the shoulders down thro the elbow and wrists.
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post #14 of 14 Old 04-30-2014, 05:41 PM
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Yes you can break the hard hands, or busy hands, and yes, you can tell as a bystander or even from a photo too.

Try walking with 2 cups of hot coffee, and the give and take you use to keep it from sloshing out on your hands, is the same give and take that divorces the hands from wrist/elbows/shoulders.

And can wrap reins with binder twine and that will remind you to loosen up, barbed wire reins work very well indeed, but most won't go that far, which is pity, because giving a rider those, in arena of course, really gets message across to LIGHTEN.

Riding crop across wrists works wonders too for that matter.

You must consciously work on your hands if you feel they are bad hands.

Do it not just with horses, but with every single thing you touch. Using a light touch with everything else will help with horses too.

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