Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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It isn't the bit that's the problem, your mare is falling on the forehand and doesn't know how to balance - for that I prescribe tons and tons of transitions and lateral work, at all gaits.
A few exercises:
- transitions: tons of them. Within and between gaits. Walk 5 strides, trot 3, walk two, trot four, walk one, trot six, walk five, canter three, trot five... Throw some halts and backups in there. Then add in some collected and lengthened gaits. Vary it so she can't anticipate.
- on the transition note, set up two poles at S and V or R and P, or I and L. Walk in, and in the middle ask for a trot and trot out. Trot in, transition to walk and walk out. Then trot in, ask for a few walk strides in the middle, and trot out. Then trot in, walk, trot, walk, then trot out. Then trot in, walk, trot, walk, trot, walk, and trot out. Get it down to as close to one-and-one stride of each.
- circles and spirals... Start on a 20 m circle at a trot, spiral down to 10 metres, then leg yield back out to 20m. Same at a canter. Same with a counter bend at walk and trot.
- lateral work: leg yields, haunches in, shoulder in, haunches in.
All of the above will get your horse more supple and learn to carry itself a bit more correctly. Then when working on the canter, ask for a few strides then bring back to a balanced trot. Then ask again, few strides, back to balanced trot.
Can you do walk-canter transitions?
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