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post #1 of 2 Old 07-04-2010, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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How Can I Stop Him from Popping his Shoulder?

Today, I was circling my horse around, and he popped his shoulder and simply ignored it. I asked my instructor and she told me to keep my outside rein tight and really push with my outside leg. Does this sound right?
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post #2 of 2 Old 07-04-2010, 03:01 PM
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How does a horse pop their shoulder? What happens that causes that to happen?

The horse becomes unbalanced and is no longer under themselves, due to what? The rider. Your not doing your job properly, either because you aren't ready to be doing it, or don't understand how to do it.

So, your Coach is right - you, the rider, has to get your horse back under himself by doing just as your coach stated.

Let me start by explaining how you, the rider is supposed to be doing your job.

You NEVER ride the horses face. Your seat rides the hind end, your legs ride the ribs, and your hands....don't ride the face. Your hands job, is to ride the shoulders.

So, when a horse is doing a circle, riding into the corner - you must be doing your job adequately to aid your horse to stay under themselves, by applying your outside leg slightly behind the girth to keep the ribs from bulging, and your outside rein must ride that outside shoulder, by you saying "Come here" with your hand and the rein, just as your coach explained.

You have to stop thinking about riding the face, and start riding with your aids correctly - seat=hind end, legs=ribs, hands=shoulders. Once you get that ingrained, you'll start to beable to understand the physics better.

I hope that makes sense. Talk to your coach about this. :)

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