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post #1 of 9 Old 05-30-2012, 02:42 AM Thread Starter
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Question Tiedowns.. whst are some other options?

I use a tiedown, but i would like to work her in something diffrent when exercising her... something that actually teaches her to keep her head down. any suggestions?
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What kind of riding do you do, OP?

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western, i compete in barrel racing. she does fine with the tie down. i just feel like i need to put an effort in correcting this, instead of just forcing the fix. iv used running martingails, and those worked great. im just curious of what else i could try. i have a very willing mare who learns quick and gives everything a try whole heartedly. i just feel like im neglecting to fix this problem
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There's gotta be a reason she lifts her head up like a giraffe.. have you tried working her off of the pattern and work just on basic w/t/c ?

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i actually never work her on the pattern... keeps her from getting hot. its only when i pull back..
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Okay so she throws her head up when you pull back?

I don't ride western, but I do have a bit of experience riding western (lessons). I'm mainly english.

But to my understanding, one should never pull back on their horse. You park your butt down and they should immediately stop. If you're hauling on their mouth, there may be some holes in her training.

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when she has her tie down on, i dont even have to do anything to make her woa, i just slightly tap her reins sit and say woa and she slide stops. but when she dosnt have it on she seems to forget everything. ughhh
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Hmm.. I would work on disengaging her hind end when she decides to brace and throw her head up like that. Not a one rein stop, but putting her to work.

It's hard without a video.. but I'd go back and reinforce all of my transitions. My horse throws his head up too and dances around before continuing on but if I take my time and really prepare him for a downward transition, then he stays put together and stretches instead of pops up.

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I use a tiedown, but i would like to work her in something diffrent when exercising her... something that actually teaches her to keep her head down. any suggestions?
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