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post #1 of 9 Old 10-23-2009, 12:44 PM Thread Starter
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Flexing A Horse..

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Whenever I go to flex my mare, on the ground, or in the saddle, she doesnt bend just her head, she moves her whole body around in a circle. I am not sure if its just because she is really stiff, and cant bend all the way, or she just doesnt understand what I am asking? I have worked with her 'flexing' during warmup for about 20min. at the most, and she still doesnt give. She just moves her whole body around in a circle.

Im really confused and am not sure what to do next?
Any suggestions would help!
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post #2 of 9 Old 10-23-2009, 12:48 PM
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green horses tend to do that. it may take weeks to months to teach her. its easier to start from the ground. give her little bably pulls on the side you want to turn. release when she turns her head/bends. if she turns her whole body, ask softer. i usually push into my mares neck a little so she has some pressure against her. this way she knows im not just asking for a turn.
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post #3 of 9 Old 10-23-2009, 12:55 PM
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What are the exact aids you use when asking her to flex? A lot of the time people make the mistake of only pulling on the rein and not giving leg and seat support for the movement.

While holding the outside rein, pull the inside.. this prevents her from just craning her head around and helps her bend from the shoulders. Provide enough leg support to keep her from falling in and have your hips turned at the angle in which you want her bent. Don't make the mistake of just twisting your shoulders, you hips and shoulders must be perfectly aligned, and your hips pointed in the direction/angle you want your horse flexing. It's easier in trot.

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Flexing your horse is a great thing to do. I cant think of starting a horse without teaching them to flex. You want to be on the ground. I would have a rope halter as it doesn't allow them to lean on it. I usually stand just behind the withers with the rope in my left hand (left side of horse). You just want to bend her head around a little at a time. Release as soon as she gives. If she starts turning her whole body, just move with her. Don't release Until she stops moving. As soon as she stops release and reward her with a scratch. The sooner you release her when she does it right the quicker she will get it. Do it every day and she will get lighter and lighter.
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I agree with crimsonhorse01. When i was teaching my horse to flex she would move her whole body too, but what i did was bend it a little each time and i would move her head really slow towards me so that she wasn't temped to move her whole body. I have tried just moving with her when she turned but that did not work because she simply would not stop turning so i would just gradually bring her head towards me and hold it for a few seconds.
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Thanks! Crimsonhorse, that makes a lot of sense! I guess I just have to be more persistent with it.

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Flexing your horse is a great thing to do. I cant think of starting a horse without teaching them to flex. You want to be on the ground. I would have a rope halter as it doesn't allow them to lean on it. I usually stand just behind the withers with the rope in my left hand (left side of horse). You just want to bend her head around a little at a time. Release as soon as she gives. If she starts turning her whole body, just move with her. Don't release Until she stops moving. As soon as she stops release and reward her with a scratch. The sooner you release her when she does it right the quicker she will get it. Do it every day and she will get lighter and lighter.
This works well and if you keep the forehand still it's more work for the horse and they stop moving sooner. Even if she gives her head don't release if her feet are moving.

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You can also do it against the wall so they don't have anywhere to swing their haunches out.

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Oooo! I never thought about doing it against the wall/rails.

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