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    01-30-2012, 12:08 PM
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So my pony Jillian and I have been working together for a couple years. She has always had a problem with not bending, but now she has started to get worse. She comes off of the track and sticks her belly to the inside and he head to the outside. No amount of leg will get her to go back to the rail. I know she knows that it is bad and she is usually only fresh when I'm doing something wrong, So what can I try to make her go back to being straight? One of my hips is infront of the other which I know can bother her alot sometimes if I forget to hold myself straight. How can I check to make sure I'm not twisting and how can I use my upper body to keep her straight also? Thanks! Lots of question, I know!
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    01-30-2012, 12:15 PM
If she absolutely will NOT get off your leg, you have a training problem and you need to go back to slow to fix it.

I would take her to the middle of the ring and flex her left and right to loosen her up, then work on really getting her to move off your leg. Sidepass, forehand turn, haunch turn, do whatever you can to gain control of her body parts. Do some circles to get the arc back in her body. Do some counter arc circles too, with her nose tipped to the outside of a circle and moving the shoulders around.

After you can do this comfortabley and she is loosened up, THEN take her back to where you are having problems and try and fix it.

If, after all of that work, she still does not listen to you then get physical with her. Grab her nose with one hand, get the flexion, and use your calves to drive her up into the bridle with your inside leg getting her a point to round herself to. Make sure you are sitting even and not leaning to any one side of the saddle.If she dives in, move your weight to your outside. If she dives out, move some weight to the inside seatbone. Just don't be leaning out of the saddle. Remember there is a difference between shifting your weight and leaning out of unbalance.

On that note, do you have a trainer to help you?
    01-30-2012, 12:37 PM
She was actually my trainers daughters pony! Lol so yes, but I don't get to have lessons on her very often because she has to be trailered to the main barn that I ride at because she lives in my trainers backyard. And I did get frustrated yesterday and just made her do forehand turns for a good while and she seemed to respond better. I just can't figure out what to do with my hips and shoulders when trying to keep her out. I always seem to twist them up.): Thanks for the advice!
    02-02-2012, 06:32 PM

bending, bulge, bulging, horse, pony

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