12-17-2010, 12:19 PM
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So what you are saying is your horse roots? When she roots, she pulls you out of your tack?
What do you do in response when your horse roots? Do you yank back?
There could be a number of reasons as to why your horse is rooting - poor saddle fit, mouth hurts, too much hands in her face, not enough leg and too much rein, etc, etc, etc - can you eliminate the reasons as to why she is doing this?
I do not believe any gadget is going to "mend" the problem, but instead just mute it.
It is hard to decipher the situation on a forum, without being there in person.
Nelson used to root quite often - and my Coach told me to not yank back, because that's just fighting against the issue, instead of trying to correct it. Instead, make sure I ride with a strong base of support, and hold myself strong in my tack, so when he does root, he does not jeapordize my position, and he just pulls against himself. When he pulls his head down, to not allow him to find the end of the reins, but instead by holding myself strong, I didn't allow him to find the "release" but let the bit catch him in the mouth. It was hard to not pull back, and it took practice, but eventually I got it.
When he did root, I also had to engage him forward and get him moving forward.
Sometimes he still Roots, and when I feel him about to, I drive inside leg into outside rein, tighten my core and hold myself so he cannot jeapordize my position - and I make him work.
Of course, I elminated issues, like saddle fit and teeth and bit and yadda yadda.
I hope that makes sense.