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post #11 of 13 Old 06-24-2014, 06:24 PM
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I would say that it helps soften a horse all the way through if he is not just flexed with his head over to one side at a stand still. a lot of times a horse will still be leaning on the rein, or will have tilted his head , so that his ears point outward, and his chin upward when the rider asks him to try and flex way around to the rider's knee and hold it.

better is to ask for much less flexion, but the horse NOT tilting his face, and asking him to walk forward, and step under with that inside leg, until he disengages his hindquarters and comes to a stop.
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Thanks for all of your comments, I really appreciate them. I do stretches with on the ground, and also every time I ride. I will say that he does give in to pressure SO much more than when I first got him. I have very soft hands while riding, and all I use is my seat basically. But I still have problems with some of those things on that chart. I now know that I shouldn't go out and aware my money on a training system if it's going to hurt my horse in any way, shape,or form. It's hard as a young rider to exactly know how to fix a problem with things like this. My trainer does help me, but also tells me that she can just "fix" this problem for me if I pay her to train him. The thing is, I want to be able to learn, and gain a closet bond with my horse from this. I will try to incorporate all of your suggestions into my daily routine. Thanks again. 😊😁
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post #13 of 13 Old 06-25-2014, 08:32 AM
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All for you learning Jumping4Joy.. but forget the bonding stuff. Horses are not dogs. What you CAN do that may "feel" like a bond is to just keep working this horse and learning how to communicate what you want to this horse with clarity... and don't be in a hurry!

Knowing one horse very well is never a bad thing.. and you will know each other very well and be able to key off each other. Such team work is an awesome thing.. but never mistake it for bonding in the sense that you bond with other species such as dogs or even humans. ;)
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