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post #1 of 5 Old 08-20-2007, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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a few stupid questions

ok so iv started educating giget and well this is a bit embarrassing I don't no how to teach a horse to go down on the bit any horses iv trained knew how to do it and just needed you to be a bit more firm in asking so how do I teach her?? Right now im lunging her with her head carriage low to build up the muscles in her neck.

Also what is the best way to fitten up a horse when there are no hills? Were we use to live there were heaps of hills which I used for getting horses fit but now were we are living its dead flat :( what do I do
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-20-2007, 10:01 PM
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Don't worry I wasn't too sure until about 6 months ago. You doing the lunging is really good, so I am assuming he is young? Holding the outside rein opening the inside, inside leg on the girth and the outside behind. Keep playing with the inside rein until he lowers, then give him a bit of rein to reward him. To get horses fit is to ride them, mainly at the trot (don't forget when troting don't forget to change your diagnoll) or lunging....

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-20-2007, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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thanks heaps yeah she only five will try out today what you have suggested
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-24-2007, 03:04 PM
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I find longe line training is one of the ways to fit a horse.

As well as the other suggestions I would try this.

Using a surcingle, you can tie your horses head to the right when longeing right, and tie it left when longeing left.

You just bit your horse in a D or O ring snaffle, and tie the head with leather reins. (Leather is breakable.) Start out by tying the horses head little by little. Start out loose, and by the end of the week or month depending on the horse, you can tighten it up and really bend the neck.

If your saddle has rings, you can tie it there instead of using a surcingle.

This stretches your horses neck, and then in turn, the head will drop naturally.

Hope that helps!
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-30-2007, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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thanks that's great sorry bout the late reploy internet has been down
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