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post #1 of 5 Old 02-15-2010, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Major bending help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

its kinda LONG.....


I have a 5 yr old and she is 15hh and has been under saddle lightly since she was 2, she is turning 6 in June 2010 and my problem is that she has a long neck i find, maybe not but it seems that way, she goes nicely under saddle, BUT when going around a corner , i can see her outside eye instead of seeing her inside corner of her eye, she bend the wrong way and she speeds up- no saddle fit problems , i had her in a month a "training" and it did very good and she got it, but since i can only ride her once a week now she seems to not bend anymore, i do have short legs and im only about 5 foot. I know when getting them to bend you use your inside rein and ur inside leg to have them "bend around your leg" she does it at the walk but at the trot it is difficult, she has a naturally low head carriage,which is good i didnt have to train her to do it, she has dont it on her own, to help her bend i was thinking about lunging her wit side reins and have the inside shorter and the outside longer? or draw reins.. if I have someone get on her at my barn it is going to cost me ,which since i pay for everything for her, im kinda broke so im trying to do this on my own, i only ride her once a week and i dont care how long it takes, im trying to work thru her under saddle "issues" one at a time lol
Any excercise suggestions? at the walk/trot.. her canter is an entrirely different story.. althou she will do flying changes..

any bending help PLEASE! thanx
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-15-2010, 11:06 AM
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Plain and simple, you need someone to help you. I would not recommend using draw reins or side reins, because you have pretty much told us that you don't know how to use them. Do you take lessons? I would ONLY work at the walk/trot until you have all of her issues solved, bending, and whatever else since you hinted that there are more. Do not work at a canter.

What you CAN do however, is read this article. UNDER SUPERVISION, because you never know how horses will respond, try the methods in the article.

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I agree with justsambam. Don't use draw reins or ride reins. And talking about side reins, lunging in them with the inside rein shorter is completely ineffective. All it will teach your horse to do is bend her neck and bulge out through her shoulder. I don't see how side reins or draw reins would help her bend. When asking a horse for a bend you want them moving OFF your inside leg and into your outside rein. It has little to nothing to do with your inside rein. I used to think you asked a horse to bend or turn with your inside rein. My horse would do the same as yours. As soon as I started working him to move off of my inside leg, he improved drastically.

I say read up on dressage. I'm sure some people here can point you towards some great articles. And always remember, you want to ride seat, into legs, into hands, into soften. You don't really ride your horse with the reins, if fact they're the very last aid you rely on. Work on the basics, do some later work, get her moving off your inside leg, and you will see great improvement.

Sorry if this is a little scrambled, I'm having trouble organizing my thoughts today, ha ha.

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post #4 of 5 Old 02-17-2010, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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thanx, ya i am taking private lessons now so it should help alot!
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Try to get an instructor that you can see even just once a month, every little bit helps!

I agree very strongly with the comments about not using draw reins and side reins. They do not teach bend.

Riding once a week is not going to help much at all. She will be unfit and unable to carry her weight on her hind legs, thus will not make a huge improvement. Try to ride at least 3 times a week.

I am assuming you're an english rider so I will give it to you from a dressage riders point of view. if you are western, I have no idea what western riders do!
I would start teaching her leg yielding, turn on the forehand and then shoulder in. Once you have more control of her shoulders and hind legs through these exercises, you will see a marked difference in her bend. She is just a young, green and confused baby at the moment by the sounds of it, and unless you know what you're doing to train her correctly, you will continue down the same track as you are now, and wind up with a crooked, stiff and uncomfortable horse.
She must go forward off her hind legs and you must have a steady, independant hand for her to come into.
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