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post #11 of 12 Old 01-27-2012, 01:09 AM
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I agree that side reins are detrimental to this kind of horse who ducks away from bit contact. I also agree that as Anabell described, you must release the front and ride so that the horse moves forward from the hind.
the rest of her description, is no doubt correct, too, but I confess would be hard for ME to do without taking up rein contact again. That is because I don't have the training in dressage , I suppose. I mean half halting and doing a lot of transitions with out the reins takes riding with the body and seat, and I know this is the correct way, but it isnt' easy.

You might also try using something without a bit for awhile. My friend's horse started to curl behind the contact and become dishonest in his forward, sucking behind the leg. She put him in a sidepull and this helped tremedously.
But to cure his fear of the bit , you do have to work in the way Anabel has described.
Lots of foward.
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Tiny, I never said a word about going forward, and chasing the horse off it's feet around the arena in the name of "forward" is only going to dump the horse on the forehand. One can ride a horse "back to front" in a halt, in a reinback and in short steps, it has absolutely nothing to do with forward, only the direction of the energy. Your seat regulates how forward the horse goes and for something that is ducking behind the contact, often when the hands are taken out of the equation and the legs put on, the horse tries to leave out the front door instead of reaching to the bit. Half halts, half halts and more half halts, a strong core and many transitions are what serve to help the horse stretch and not run, and if you CAN keep the energy moving back to front in a jog or lope without using your hands then by all means do so, it is better than having the horse running around Mach 10 and on it's forehand.

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