Originally Posted by JumpersRule
I only recommended the wiggling reins in case he was bracing against the bit. This helps them to lighten up in their mouth. It definitely will NOT solve the crookedness problem, that's why I recommended using lots of inside leg to help straighten the horse onto the correct path. Sorry if my wording was confusing...but I agree with you 100%! :)
A tense and braced horse, is due to the rider. Our horses reflect 100% of what we do in the saddle, they are mirrors. So if our horses are tense, then we need to rethink our approach or what it is that we are....or aren't doing...while in the saddle.
You never ride the face! Anyone who does, is incorrect.
As Beitre Herbert Siebel *I always spell his name incorrectly....* who is from the SPS who comes to my neck of the woods yearly to teach clinics taught me: Your seat rides the back end, your legs ride the ribs/spine and your hands ride *drum roll* the shoulders. Go back to the Training Scale Seat into Legs into Hands to Soften
Of course, to no surprise to some *since I am considered Spyders Minion*
I am wholeheartedly agreeing with what she posted. I'd listen to her, she has climbed the ladder in the Dressage World up to the top, and is now a respected and well established Dressage Judge.