Getting a horse to collect/flex

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    02-03-2012, 06:01 AM
Getting a horse to collect/flex

I have a 6yo thoroughbred who has never had training in dressage or hacking. I started lunging her with side reins loosely attached to build up neck muscle and to begin teaching her to collect.
She was doing alright but not great, someday's she'd be doing fine other days if I asked her to collect while I was riding she'd chuck a tantrum, throw her head and be silly.

She's had about 2-3 month break from exersize and riding as it was end of season and I was doing a course. The last month or so I've been trying to get her fit and in the right state of mind again for this year and when I ask her to collect it's as if ll that time I spent is non-exsistant
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    02-03-2012, 07:14 AM
First question - what is your definition of collection, and how are you asking for it?
    02-03-2012, 07:25 AM
I just want for her to carry herself more on her hind quarters and hold her head in a more presentable way rather then really sloppy.

Might I add. This kind of stuff really isn't my forte.
    02-03-2012, 07:32 AM
Ok, if she's come off the track, and hasn't had a great deal of education, at this stage you really only need to be concentrating on getting her coming immediately off the aids - go, stop and turn.

If you are not overly sure on your basic dressage work, I would strongly suggest finding yourself a coach that can help you if you are looking into improving your flatwork.
Collection is the last stage of training of the dressage horse - your horse will not be working in collection for many years yet, at this point in time you need to be building up her strength and fitness to be able to sustain slightly more weight over her hindquarters.

It is much more difficult than it seems, to teach a horse to start working off its quarters and into the bridle, and takes a fair amount of knowledge and skill as a rider to do so - hence the recommendation that you look for an instructor. And being in Brisbane, you have multitudes of fabulous dressage instructors available to you!
    02-03-2012, 07:43 AM
Thank-you :)
I'm not even sure if she ever trained to be a racer, She was taken to a stud and abandoned :(
She's always a sweetheart.

I've been looking into a few instructors but not really sure which one yet.
I'm really more into jumping and she seems to be great when jumping but from what I've heard basic flatwork is the sole to all disciplines.

Btw, Your drawings are lovely, I also draw
    02-03-2012, 07:49 AM
Flatwork is very important for your jumping, that doesn't mean you need to go out and be able to ride a 70% elementary dressage test before you jump anything, but just being able to get the horse working well off your aids, doing a little bit of lateral work and being able to work well over its back and into the bridle. Pretty well just basic good riding skills - you will find that your jumping improves when your flatwork improves.

Thank you for the compliment on my drawing, you will have to post some of your own work in the art section
    02-03-2012, 08:04 AM
Hahaha, Art section? I'm really new to this website, like... tonight new.
    02-03-2012, 08:07 AM
Any questions - ask away! I'm a moderator here so can give you help with anything you have trouble with. There is an art section here, if you go onto the main 'homepage' of the forum, scroll down a little and you will see a section with Photographs, Videos and Art :)
    02-03-2012, 08:10 AM
Oh thankyou :)
While we are at it, and i've got you here, I might aswell ask...
I posted a topic before about my horses frog, nd didn't get really the answer I was looking for.

She has a crack right through her frog and she's a bit lame on it. It's not really smelly and not black.

I really don't know what it is.
    02-03-2012, 08:18 AM
I would get your farrier to have a look at it. Being a thoroughbred, it's not surprising that she's got quite tender feet. They do have a tendency to have flat, thin soles and low heels, resulting in a lot of hoof issues.
She may need to have a set of shoes put on for a while to take some pressure off the frog and allow it to heel. In the meantime, try poulticing it to draw any infection and heat out of it.

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