Well I was thinking on starting a How To Thread. To explain as best as I can; I was thinking we Horse Forum members take in turn and post our most usefull and helpfull training excercises. Whatever discipline of your choosing! They all have methods that help! I am really open to learning new ways and my experment Topline-How To thread I got great feedback! So here is the major one, combined! Each week I personaly will post a training exercise either being a warm-up, all the way to and advanced manauver or jumping "even" in hand exercisises! ( I do english, but I would love for some western people to be involved!). I will put it into easy steps with diagrams, I will also state the difficulty of the excersise through how many stars*, Also feel free to post in between my posts, more the merrier! I would also love to hear results, on how it worked or your opinions on it ect!! BUT THIS THREAD IS NOT TO START ATTACKING OTHER PEOPLES TRAINING METHODS!!
This is just an Idea, it may or may not take off I just thought if we could get a thread full of "the horse worlds" training aids it would have some major effects on styles of training! And not forget a bundle of knowledge crammed together!!!
Well just to kick of I will Start off with:
KEY: *-Beginner **-Intermediate ***-Advanced
LESSON 1- The 2 L's (Long & Low) *
Benefits: This Exercise alternatively lengthens & shortens your horses topline while keeping him very dynamic in the gait. It is useful for placid horses & less valuable for the impulsive horse who tense when the tempo changes.
How to Ride-
1. Begin at a foward working trot with a nice even rythm, works best on a 20 mtr circle.
2. Create a soft contact with your horse in a collected working frame.
3. Continue on the circle, progressively lengthen the reins and drive your horse forward in to a brisk, energetic trot. Really push the trot out, aim for the big moving forward strides. Preperation is the key. Once established this foward trot then move on to the next step, although your horse has to stay sensible and responsive at all times. Take as long as it gets to get your horses attention.
4. Ride this circle once keeping the same tempo and maintaining the longer frame with forward trot.
5. Little by little shorten the reins to regain the collected frame whilst continuing to push out the trot.
6. Ride twice around in the collected frame to mix it up. You donít want your horse expecting your next move. Repeat this exercise several times on both directions.
7.End on a good note, even if you don't finish the exercise if you simply get a nice soft trot you asked for. Be happy!
Keep in Mind:
It may take time for some horses to comprehend this exercise let alone get the rhythm to it. (Some horses will automaticly put there head low others will star gaze but treat this exercise the same and you should end up riding your horses head down.) Slowly and surely with persistence, kind training and a soft hand they will begin to enjoy swinging from their hindquarters and blowing through their nose. Give your horse time to relax into the work. As you ask for your horse to extend visualize driving your horse into the forehand by your seat. The topline should represent open and closing. Remember fast and slow is not the issue, it is maintaining the tempo and balance. If you persist with this exercise not only will your horses muscles improve, but you will have a responsive, supple horse.
Long & Low frame
20 mtr Circle
Do you think its worth a go? Start posting!!