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        02-23-2009, 07:04 PM
    Green Broke
    Unhappy Poor Ribbons

    The best gaming horse in the barn can't show or game anymore... She was one of the fastest horses in the area and definantly the oldest. She new every single pattern by heart. She didn't use a bit she used a hackamore and to get her to turn, all you had to do is yell TURN!
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        02-23-2009, 07:10 PM
    Why can't she show anymore? What about Dressage? It's good for keeping old horses healthy..
        02-23-2009, 07:14 PM
    Green Broke
    She was fine out in the pasture one day, but the next day she was lame and to this day she still hasn't completely loosened up. We don't want to ride her, but would stretching her work? No one in our barn rides dressage.
        02-23-2009, 07:17 PM
    You don't have to be competitive about her, but light riding can be helpful (as long as your vet says she can handle it.) Stretching works. Even if you take her for walks, it keeps her moving and is really beneficial. Dressage will really help her loosen up though. If she is riding sound, you could just walk her. Have her do circles (bigger ones at first), see if you can extend or shorten her stride, that kind of thing. All of the stuff that would be basics for a gaming horse anyway.
        02-23-2009, 07:22 PM
    Green Broke
    I never thought of that. I'll betcha that my instructor didn't either. I'll try to get out to the barn this weekend and I'll ask her if I could work with Ribbon for a little bit before I work on Rocket. Thanks for the advice. Sometimes I forget that Dressage is the French word for training and any seat can use it. Most of the time I think of the seat that seems to take forever to get finished(my opinion, I don't ride it. I apologize if I insulted anyone).
        02-23-2009, 07:26 PM
    Don't even think of it as Dressage in the competition sense. I even do dressage on my barrel horses because it gets them really working themselves. I've never shown dressage or anything, just done basic Dressage exercises to keep him supple.
    Just make sure that the horse is sound to ride. :) Good luck!

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