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  • "western pleasure" "long and low"
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    03-30-2009, 10:53 AM
  #1
Weanling
Long & Low

So on Friday, he finally did it! He went in a nice round long and low frame at the trot while we were riding on the road. I'm going to be honest and say that I have no idea if he did it on his own, or if I gave him just the right cues and he was like OH! *lightbulb*.
I remember that I was doing nothing at all with the reins, and squeezing gently with my legs, but that's all.

I'm going to ride him again today, and am hoping he will still do it from just squeezing with my legs.
If not... how do I encourage him to go in that frame again?
     
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    03-30-2009, 02:18 PM
  #2
Weanling
Anyone?
     
    03-30-2009, 02:25 PM
  #3
Foal
Just if he does it again, just be sure to relieve the pressure and praise him! That way he knows that he's doing it right for you. Another thing, just guide him to do it again, set him up for it, and guide him till he does it again, if you remember what you did yesterday, it really helps and keep trying it, and once he gets it, really exaggerate your emotions, but mean them at that same time in letting him know that he is doing it right.
     
    03-30-2009, 04:06 PM
  #4
Yearling
Do you mean a long and low dressage frame, or just a level 'western pleasure' frame?

If you mean dressage, then I have a post on my blog here--dun feel like typing it again. :) {It also has a bit about correct contact, since contact is needed for correct long and low!)

Dressage In Jeans: Get Low
     
    03-30-2009, 11:30 PM
  #5
Started
That is great! I think just keep doing what you are doing. Don't interfere by using your hands -- keep them soft and "giving." Have a very quiet seat, trying you keep yourself in the proper point of balance over him. Use your legs like you did, encouraging his hind end to engage. He should then follow through and flex at the poll, like he did.
     
    03-31-2009, 09:37 AM
  #6
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by mayfieldk    
Do you mean a long and low dressage frame, or just a level 'western pleasure' frame?

If you mean dressage, then I have a post on my blog here--dun feel like typing it again. :) {It also has a bit about correct contact, since contact is needed for correct long and low!)

Dressage In Jeans: Get Low
Yes I meant Dressage :P
And that is very helpful :o
     
    03-31-2009, 04:16 PM
  #7
Weanling
Get him in a nice round frame like you normally would. When he gets this, slowly lengthen your reins. Just a few inches at a time and he should follow the contact. If he doesn't or if he does for a little then puts his head back up, shorten your reins and get him back in a frame and repeat. This is what my trainer tells me and has worked great in training 2 young horses to do long and low. Whatever you do though, don't lower your hands and try to bring his head down, I see a lot of riders trying to do this. Keep your hands steady, up, and in front of you.
     
    03-31-2009, 05:59 PM
  #8
Zab
Yearling
Try to do it like before :P
If it doesn't work, make sure you're sitting right, guide him into a wide circle with your seat and legs (dunno why this works but it normally does) and if that's not enough, ask him/her very gently with the reins to yield and give you the nose, as soon as that happens, gently and rather slowly lengthen the reins and the horse should follow you down. If not, make sure you didn't suddenly release the contact and that you're still sitting right and havn't forgotten the rest of your body, then gently shorten the reins and try again. Always keep the hands gentle so the horse can trust them enough to follow them down without watching her mouth. Don't forget to praise when it works! ;)

Hopefully it'll be enough to use your legs like you did before :)
I dunno what/how you do, but I twist my toes/knee (on the outer leg) a bit more inwards to turn and when I do that right my horse usually lower his head as well. :) I suppose that depends on how the horse is trained tho.
     

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