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    12-05-2011, 01:52 PM
  #1
Foal
Fixing my "hollow" problem.

The last few dressage shows I have attended, I have gotten the remark that my horse was hallow. I've been trying to get him not hallow for a while, but nothing seems to be working very well. Any suggestions?

Thanks =)
     
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    12-05-2011, 01:57 PM
  #2
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Do a search here on the forum for threads about getting a horse "on the bit". Because this is what is happening , no doubt. Your horse is "above the bit" most likely (would need a video to be sure), so you will need to work on getting him to accept the bit. Then you would work on more engagement, too.

Do you have and use a dressage instructor?
     
    12-05-2011, 01:58 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
do a search here on the forum for threads about getting a horse "on the bit". Because this is what is happening , no doubt. Your horse is "above the bit" most likely (would need a video to be sure), so you will need to work on getting him to accept the bit. Then you would work on more engagement, too.

Do you have and use a dressage instructor?
I do have an instructor, but my horse refuses to do it lol. But thanks!
     
    12-05-2011, 02:51 PM
  #4
Started
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Originally Posted by Crazy4CodyCole    
I do have an instructor, but my horse refuses to do it lol. But thanks!
Your horse refuses to do what? Not be hollow? That's a training issue- you and your instructor need to work on your horse, getting him to move forward and accept the bit. If your horse is hollow, there's really not much point of anything else in dressage. The first step is getting the horse to start carrying his weight well, and being hollow isn't it. What does your horse do if you don't have contact? Does he reach forward to get it? If not, that's a good place to start working.
     
    12-05-2011, 10:53 PM
  #5
Trained
Firs step - don't blame your horse. This is a rider issue.

Are you able to ride an experienced, educated school horse that will work 'on the bit'? The best way to learn how to ride a horse 'on the bit' is to first get the feel on an experienced horse. Otherwise you are working towards a goal, but don't know exactly what that goal is.

What have you done to try and prevent your horse from coming hollow?
     
    12-06-2011, 02:38 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Firs step - don't blame your horse.
Quite true!
But also consider what being hollow means: it's a sort of flinching away from your weight, which MIGHT mean he's sore. Unfortunately, the very act of sinking away can MAKE a horse sore too.

So the more you work on it, if he keeps trying to avoid discomfort by going hollow, the worse he's going to feel feel afterwards.

I would suggest giving him a little time off, then starting again in a long, low frame, let him stretch out. And keep checking to see if his back is sore. (Some horses are very fussy about the tiniest discomfort, so it might not be much, but there you go, you still have to deal with it.)
     
    12-06-2011, 05:53 PM
  #7
Showing
My horse used to be hollow and we found the right trainer that taught ME how to ask him for it and to keep him on it.

A horse ONLY knows what he is taught. And he ONLY does it when you give the right aids correctly.

I suggest you ask your trainer to school your horse to be on the bit so YOU can see what it looks like, then she (or he) can teach YOU how to get your horse to do it too.
     
    12-07-2011, 06:13 PM
  #8
Weanling
Look in the dressage section of this BB - I have provided many details on using the long and low technique to eliminate hollowing - it WILL take a while since you need to develop a topline where horse can comfortably hold their head and neck and have enough proper muscle not to run, etc.
     
    12-07-2011, 07:47 PM
  #9
Foal
Thanks guys =)
     

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