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post #1 of 6 Old 09-13-2010, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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Cool Down down downnn hill

My girl is built downhill, and very much on the forehand when I ride her - especially in canter. I'm being reafed forward every stride, and have to work very hard to sit tall. I've consistently worked on her transitions, doing lots of halt-trot-halt and trot-canter-trot-canter. What other exercises do you recommend to help me with this? What has worked for you? How can I help her become more uphill? She's 5, I ride her in a KK Training Snaffle (Basically a french link).
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-13-2010, 11:27 PM
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While I'm sure there are things you can do to help, like maybe working on collection and such, if she is built downhill, then you are sort of fighting gravity and it will be really hard for her to move any other way. Not that it is impossible to improve her, but she just isn't built to move uphill or level. It won't come as easy for her as other horses who are built differently.
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One of the things to try, is to get her to move under herself by pushing her forward from the rear. If she moves under herself correctly with impulsion, and moves out, that will help, but I agree with the above post, she's built downhill, and she's always going to be a bit downhill, so it will always be a battle to get her moving a bit less on her forehand. From the picture, it looks like she isn't really moving underneath herself the best that she can, but it is one still shot of her, so I'd have to see a video to really get an idea of how she's really moving. I would do some lunging as well, with side reins, and get her to move forward with more impulsion.
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-14-2010, 12:06 AM
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I agree with the above poster. Two suggestions, tho:
try riding her in a western saddle. I know, I know. . .
But the western saddle, by nature of the way it is built, better compensates for that downward angle. Try it.
Secondly, move her faster. When she is cantering, scoot her along really fast, even surprise her. She will pick up in front becuase like a boat on water when you gun the throttle, the front end comes up because the engine is diggin' in!
Gotta let her go out front , tho, if you ask for more go, gotta let her GOOOOOO.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-14-2010, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

Ah a Western Saddle.. I would love to ride her in one, but I don't have one - she's a western built and bred baby, I would LOVE to learn, but Canberra is so englished based, theres not a western trainer for MILES.

Thanks for the suggestions though, I will try them out and post a video asap :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-14-2010, 01:47 PM
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I hadn't noticed you were in Aussielandia. (like that?)
That's cool. One of these days I gotta go there. I have distant family near Brisbane.
As for doing western riding, you can ride "English" in a western saddle. Your horse doesn'tknow the difference. I ride dressage-ish, and often ride in a western saddle. It's just a lot more comfy for trail riding and my lease horse goes better in it, and he;s downhill , too.
Do a little research into the way Western saddles are size, as it's totally differnt for Eng. saddles, both for fitting the horse and the rider.
After you reasearch a bit, you might find one on Ebay,. If in doubt, go on the wider side because you can always pad it out, but too narrow and you're screwed.
I am not fond of downhill horses. I think that trait is appreciated when one is working cows or doing barrells as it make the horse quick on the turns, and the hind end can be very powerful in a quick start. (hence the QH being the quickest horse out there for the quarter mile)
If you can ride her up hills and ride her over cavalettis. This helps her reach under and develop the abdominal muscles, necessary for lifting the back and tucking under.
She's a cute horse and I bet very athletic.
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