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post #21 of 24 Old 11-27-2010, 12:53 AM
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Do you ever have trouble with your horse just bringing his nose in without rounding his back?

While they are in the snaffle and working at a walk and trot and I ask for them to round up I don't give relief until I feel them round. It will only be a little bit and just for a stride or two at first but if they want the relif then they have to round thier back. By the time they are in an advanced bit it is an instant response. I imagine that there are just as many western horses in false frames as there are english horses.

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That makes sense, thanks!
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post #23 of 24 Old 11-27-2010, 05:01 PM
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I have problems with Soda doing that sometimes. He seems to get annoyed/frustrated by the way I'm asking and either gives too much or not at all. Honestly it's probably my 'problem' more than his, but I've been working on it and we're getting better. He really does it when I ask him to back up, he'll do this Rolkur looking thing. It's frustrating at times, for both of us...
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post #24 of 24 Old 11-27-2010, 05:09 PM
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With the arabs their face is held at a verticle in the western events... I just start like I would an english horse... I ride with contact and teach the horse to be round/collected.

Once that is accomplished the horse is usually "soft" enough to just hold themselves there without touching the face.

It is, as others said, not about the face but about the body, then the face just automatically falls into place.

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