Originally Posted by HorsesAreMyPassion
Riding your horse in a nice relaxed long and low outline while schooling or out trail riding, long and low schooling over ground poles/cavaletti and riding up hills are all excellent for building up your horses topline.
Since you say your horse is heavy on the forehand, you will need to help her to learn how to start bringing her weight back onto her hindquarters by half halting, riding her nicely forward up to the bridle. You are kind of "catching" the energy and containing it and not letting it all go out the front end, if that makes any sense at all. Be most concerned with getting a forward energetic walk/trot/canter and then containing the energy by giving small squeezes on the reins as needed, like squeezing water from a sponge. You also get and contain it with your seat/core, it's kind of difficult for me to explain though! Remember leg to hand. Ride the back to the front. Ride forward into a soft light quiet hand. Don't hold the front end up, let her learn how by the correct use of the half halt. I hope that all makes some sense! Just don't expect a lot all at once, it is hard work for them learn how to shift all that weight back when they are used to going around with it all on the front end. It is a long slow process.
I'm not against the use of side reins and such as long as the person that is using them is experienced and skilled with them and as long as they aren't being overused. It should not replace correct schooling it should complement it.
Good luck with your girl!
Thankyou, when you say contain her but ride with light hands how much pressure are you talking about?
Also how would you do a half halt?
I have heard just ask the same as a halt but before they stop/go down a gait move them on again?