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    10-20-2008, 11:43 AM
hollow and bending

So I've been having a bit of trouble with my horse pandora lately. I don't get to ride her often anymore only like twice a week because of school and she's so fresh all the time. I'm looking at half leasing her out as of now.
Anyways she recently figured out that she could hollow herself and bend to the outside, almost like she's spooking and then cutting down on the circle. I put my inside leg on to push her out but she doesnt respond unless im walking her or doing sitting trot at a slow pace. I've opened my inside rein hoping to get more bend but it doesn't seem to do anything. It's very frustrating and I can't keep my leg on during rising trot the whole time. I don't know how to get her to listen. Anyone have any idea? She's fine in canter and walk but trotting is where all the trouble comes in.
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    10-20-2008, 04:28 PM
It sounds like your mare is dropping her inside shoulder and being lazy. This is why it feels like she's cutting in on a circle. You want her to have a slight INSIDE bend so that she's rounding her circles, NOT an outside bend, as you've said.

Think of the reins as being extensions of her legs and feet. Your left rein controls the left leg, and the right rein controls the right leg.

So... whenever she drops her inside or RIGHT shoulder like this, take your RIGHT rein and bring it up sharply (not painfully, but firmly). The minute she drops her shoulder, IMMEDIATELY bring your right rein up, a sharp little tug. I find it helpful to say "lift up." It doesn't matter if you butcher your hand position. Bring the rein right up. You should be able to feel her lifting her shoulder. As you do this use your inside leg. Then you can resume hand position. The second she drops it again, lift up immediately.

You could also 'bite the boot' in this situation too. Hold a bit of weight in your outside rein, while shortening your inside rein and pulling her nose towards your boot. She should start to make small circles around you. Circle, circle, circle, until you're dizzy. Then go straight again. If she starts dropping her shoulder and doing an outside bend, IMMEDIATELY bring your right rein and say "lift up," using inside leg.

I hope this made sense. And good luck.
    10-20-2008, 05:09 PM
If I'm reading this right..... she's bulging her outside shoulder which is causing the inside to drop. ????

I do the opposite of what Jubilee suggested, I correct the bulge which corrects the inside shoulder.

When you feel her starting to bend/bulge to the outside lift the outside rein to correct that outside shoulder. It becomes more effective if you do it in time with that front foot hitting the ground. I would also suggest doing lots of shoulders in and out flexing down the long side.

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