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post #1 of 3 Old 08-03-2011, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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I am training for western pleasure. I am riding two handed just because our straight lines aren't the best yet and I still have to give him nose and leg to get back on the rail going straight. He leans on me left and right.

In a regular show, of course I would ride one handed since he is 9, how do you correct the face without making it a big fix. are there ways to hide these moves? giving him leg will move him back to the rail. I just need to make the face correction

I guess what I am asking is how do you fix his face without the obvious jerking your reins up to the sky.

And of course I know at this stage I am not ready to show yet since I am obviously having line issues, I am just simply wondering what the old show pros do in these situations!
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post #2 of 3 Old 08-03-2011, 12:57 PM
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I am training for western pleasure. I am riding two handed just because our straight lines aren't the best yet and I still have to give him nose and leg to get back on the rail going straight. He leans on me left and right.

In a regular show, of course I would ride one handed since he is 9, how do you correct the face without making it a big fix. are there ways to hide these moves? giving him leg will move him back to the rail. I just need to make the face correction

I guess what I am asking is how do you fix his face without the obvious jerking your reins up to the sky.

And of course I know at this stage I am not ready to show yet since I am obviously having line issues, I am just simply wondering what the old show pros do in these situations!
You can't correct the face without looking at the hind.

Straightness ( then collection) comes from the horse going evenly with the hind end, only then will the front end be corrected.
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post #3 of 3 Old 08-03-2011, 02:54 PM
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How have you trained him to go on the vertical? Have you shimmied his head down in a false headset, or worked him from behind, pushing him up to the bit? If the former, you should start teaching him true collection by getting him light off his forehand, engaging his hind end, and using your legs and seat to push him up to the bit.
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