Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: northern arkansas
I agree with what Kevin is advising, except(or, to add, really), the horse does not need to turn with just rein pressure. Sure, if she turns at least she is not going forward, and in the beginning this is great, but after you stop her moving forward, you want to stop her moving altogether, baby steps.
She should give to you laterally without turning, pretty much JUST bending her neck, this will help keep her from throwing her self 100% into bracing against you.
Flex her laterally(with just your rein, no seat or body) and ask for a whoa with the rest of your body, she can't throw her head as easily from a lateral flexed angle, she has built all her muscle into bracing vertically and pushing her face down and out and up to avoid, so you can catch her unawares and prevent the brace by asking for her to transition down and woah in a different way just by laterally flexing her.
Make sure she will easily and willingly flex her neck on the ground, at a standstill under saddle, and going calmly before you try to do this when she is throwing a fit.
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Last edited by Honeysuga; 03-30-2010 at 10:02 PM.