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My horse is down in the front at the canter?

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        11-08-2012, 08:46 PM
    Originally Posted by Kayty    
    Just regarding riding straight lines going forward - I never, ever, ever use straight lines on a green horse or one on the forehand, unless it's to test my work on a curve. On a curve, you have control over bend, and with bend come softness making it SO much easier to engage a hind leg.
    On the straight, it is REALLY easy for a horse to run itself onto the forehand even more - yes the stride may lengthen, but out of disbalance rather than engagement.
    Totally cheesy but "Bend is your friend, straight is your horse's mate"! An international GP Dressage rider told me that at a clinic, and the saying has stuck ever since :P
    I agree - I tend to find straight work can cause rushing, and therefore falling onto the forehand, in green horses. (But it's very handy for horses that aren't forward thinking I've found.)
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        11-08-2012, 09:02 PM
    I like to do it going in and out of the arena for the barrel horses because it makes them chill. I just lope in nice and easy, lift them up, and generally get a result. I will however say I prefer all the other exercises over this one.
        11-09-2012, 08:27 PM
    I'm teaching my horse to game, so he can do rollbacks, but I don't do that many. I wanted to try to help him with this riding English because I think it would be easier for both of us (I learnt to ride at an English barn in North Carolina), and I like to do a range of things with him, as he gets bored quickly.

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