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post #1 of 4 Old 11-15-2009, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Having Trouble With horse on the bit.

Okay, So i have a 13.1hh pony
and i need to sell her as im getting quite big for her. Ive been trying
my absolute hardest to train her on the bit, Shes been taught how
to go down before i had her but i think she has forgotten how to be a show pony.

When i try to get her down on the bit i use my inside leg and
just tap with my leg, she listens. But with my hands i dont really
know where to put them and how to pull.

When i hop on i do 20mtr circles to help her bend. It seems to help
but when she does go down she only stays down for about 2 strides.
Then about 10 strides on she goes back down. I cant get her consistant
at all.

HELPP! thankss.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-15-2009, 08:47 AM
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Before a horse can go on the bit, she needs to have the foundation to adopt the carriage correctly. Start at the base of the training scale, at relaxation. If she isn't relaxed, she can't do much more than jog around with a hollow back. You said that you are selling her since you are too big for her, so I might point out that if she is carrying too much saddle/rider weight for her body type and size, that could be affecting her relaxation, rhythm, and balance, making it harder for her to carry herself well. It's like you trying to walk with the posture of a ballerina while carrying a week's worth of camping gear into the woods - it just doesn't work well.

Another thing to be sure that you are doing is not being too assertive with your hands. No pulling, just correct hand position, and a soft "handshake" contact with the horse's mouth. Contact isn't all about hands and reins, though. The horse should be accepting and responsive to your legs and seat as well. I personally like "on the aids" better as a description of the correct posture rather than "on the bit." With that conversational contact, ride her forward, creating impulsion with your seat and legs.

Here's a good article on getting the horse on the aids.
The Art of Classical Riding--On the Bit
If you click on "The Riding School," in the upper left hand of the blue bar at the top of the page, there are oodles of articles on more foundational work, if you find that to be lacking.

Also, consistency takes time and patience. The horse is learning a new posture, perhaps radically different than what she's used to, whether she learned it before or not. She may take some time to build the right muscles back up.

I hope that was helpful to you, and good luck!

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It sounds to me that your very tense and the pony is picking up on it. go back to basic groundwork and learn to relax around each other. Then try to relax in the saddle. Pretend there is no problem and pet her as you ride and let her go where she wants but keep her feet moving. After 20 minutes you will both forget your worried and you will relax. You might also put a smaller competent rider on her to see if there is a weight issue. I doubt if that's the case. When you learn to relax while riding her, she will relax and be able to think about cues and what you want. For more information go to Don't Ride Dirt!. where you can find numerous articles on many issues. Good luck and I hope all goes well.

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Thank you ScoutRider, It seems that that would help us alot. I will try it on Friday when i ride. The Website was very good and made me think. Ill let you know if it works.

esresnick; That was Very helpful aswell. And i couldnt find where abouts to read on the website.. But im sure that it would of helped alot if id known where to read : )

Thanks so much you guys, It shall Help ALOT im sure

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