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post #1 of 5 Old 04-12-2011, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation My TB gelding.

He is a 16.1 TB gelding, and he has issues keeping his shoulders in place. when i turn him to the left he juts out his right shoulder and my trainer said before i can start jumpers i have to gain control of his shoulder does anyone have ideas?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-12-2011, 03:54 PM
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using the correct aids and supporting with your legs. when you turn him.. what aides do you give? exactly step by step what do you do

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Sounds like you're attempting to turn or steer the neck instead of the shoulders, ie reins instead of seat. Your instructor should be able to show you what you're doing incorrectly.

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-13-2011, 02:42 PM
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He is a 16.1 TB gelding, and he has issues keeping his shoulders in place. when i turn him to the left he juts out his right shoulder and my trainer said before i can start jumpers i have to gain control of his shoulder does anyone have ideas?
So you want to turn left - slightly place a little more weight into left stirrup, open left rein (slightly) - towards your knee and bring right rein (which should be AWAY from the neck a few inches) towards the neck and squeeze/release on the RIGHT (outside) rein. Keep inside (left) leg at girth and outside (right) leg should push to wards the direction you want to go (left).

I'd also look for a good dressage trainer to help tell you how to properly train your horse past basic issues like this one. If your current trainer doesn't tell you HOW to fix the problems - ask! If they still don't find a real trainer - trainer need to train both rider AND horse.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-13-2011, 06:39 PM
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This means you don't have enough outside leg and rein, allowing him to drift through the shoulder!

When you ask him to turn, you should ask with your seat, keeping both legs on, gently guiding him round the corner. Your hands should stay level, ask for bend with gentle squeezes down the inside rein, but balance him and stop the drifting by still keeping an even contact on the outside rein!

Also lunge him with a pessoa or bungie to build up his topline and increase suppleness, this should make him less inclined to evade by drifting through the shoulder.
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