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    11-16-2012, 07:30 PM
I wonder if this horse was trained using that extreme side to side flexing thing that the western trainers do. I noticed on TBs especially, once you separate the head and neck from the shoulders, they are like riding a slinky. Luckily they're also very smart horses and easily retrained in most cases. I would work a lot with this horse at the walk just keeping his head attached to his shoulders. Even when you are doing bending/flexing exercises, make sure his head never breaks the plane of his shoulders. You'll essentially be teaching him to put himself back together.

Another good tool for riding slinky's is riding forward, forward, forward. The trick here is to provide contact he can reach into and the rider keeping a dead consistent rhythm that he can tune into and match. This works best trotting on a very large circle. The centrifugal effect of the circle puts him into the outside rein and helps him balance himself.

Hope this helps.
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    11-20-2012, 09:19 AM
Help for a wiggly horse

Puck: I read this the other day and worked on circles. You are right on the money. I may not have gone all Clinton on him with the flexing, but the trainer did force him into frame and fast-tracked him into the show ring. He has a big natural forward trot but did learn to WP jog. But it turned him archy necked and behind the vertical, instead of stretching down.

I have been working with ground poles and riding him more forward at the trot, since I want to take him back English again, and get my western butt back in shape !!! With more observation, his wiggling is more off the rail and trying to go straight and when in contact. The contact makes him "mince jog" and going straight while off the rail unbalances him. The circles are helping. The sweet thing is such a thinker. After a few circles, when I release back to straight, he tries to find his circle, like the rider must be lost.

Never realized how "rail bound" he was!


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