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post #21 of 25 Old 10-17-2013, 03:53 PM
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Do you think you're maybe tensing up when you get this 'fizziness'?
We do need a video really. Are you gripping the horse with your legs at all - this can be anywhere from the seat downwards
What are your heels doing when you ride?
A lot of horses can't cope with a rider that has their heels turned inwards or one who's heels jiggle around
You need to address this problem before you can work on collection because all you have is a horse that's fractious and fighting your hands instead of being soft on them
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Getting a horse on the bit is pretty difficult if neither you or the horse has ever done it before. I think it also requires a certain level of fitness and suppleness. My horse was too stiff and out of shape when I first started, and we did not even try. We got her moving off my leg and seat better and leg yielding and bending well first. I have been taking dressage lessons since June, but did not try to actually get my horse on the bit until 3 weeks ago. I could not do it. My trainer got on and explained to my horse what was being asked, and she managed to get it for a short period. We are now able to go around on the bit at the walk for just a few times around the arena before her neck muscles need a break. She is a little rounder at the trot, but is only actually on the bit for a few strides at a time. Also, I was told that it was ok for her to be heavy in the contact at first, that she would get lighter as she got more fit and understood what we wanted better. I know my mare hates having her mouth pulled on, and she is ok with this as long as I don't ask for more than she's ready for and remember to give some release on the inside rein.

This might be one where asking for help from a more experienced person would be warranted. I could never have taught my horse to do it by myself, because I never would have tightened my outside rein enough, and I really didn't know what it felt like to have a horse truly on the bit, so I'm not sure I would have rewarded the right thing.

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Thank you everyone for your replies. When I posted this I didn't really mean it specifically for the horse that I am working because I know she is no where near ready for collection. She's just getting to where she can hold her own in the trot. I was hoping by understanding "on the bit" better I could get an idea of the next step to take. I think I have an idea of what I need to be working on with her.

I really can't post a video of her because she isn't my horse to be posting a video of.
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Here is a video, it talks about the half halt, but it might give you a better idea to the horses being on the bit... and maybe how to achieve it.
She explains it nicely and runs you with a rider through the whole process step by step!! Maybe this helps you also.
The Half Halt

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Originally Posted by Haflinger View Post
Here is a video, it talks about the half halt, but it might give you a better idea to the horses being on the bit... and maybe how to achieve it.
She explains it nicely and runs you with a rider through the whole process step by step!! Maybe this helps you also.
The Half Halt
Thanks. That video made a lot of sense. I will probably try that once I can get her more relaxed about my leg and once she figures out how her feet work a little more.
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