a friend's showmanship and equitation unsolveable issues, any ideas
There is a girl at my barn who shows saddlebreds. It doesn't take much to know though she isn't exactly one who'd win or even place, despite the fact she has a black horse. What she does is not keep hold of the curb reign and her horse shoots his nose up and acts up. We have tried everything we know on getting her to hang onto it but she just lets it slide. Anyone have any ideas?
We have tried braided reigns, conditioner, new gloves, new bits, this stuff you put on your gloves and it gives them better grip, instruction on how to hold them, strength training, and remembering to collect. But she cannot keep them. My trainer is going nuts over it and it is not the horse, the rest of us can ride him and have won on him.
We know part of it is because she is stiff riding, and her shoulders shoot up so high you cannot see her neck, but her horse is bombproof. The other part is she balances with her hands not her legs so she has a hard time staying level.
So we are at a loss on what to do or if she should just switch to in hand and halter classes because she's blowing hundreds of dollars and never getting higher than 4th