OK. I lunge my standardbred in side reigns very often. WHen I do he lowers his head and lifts his back BEAUTIFULLY!. Im trying to train him to use his back and bend because he is still very stiff trying to bend, and one side is stiffer than another. The side reigns are helping so so much on the lunge, he looks like a perfect little dressage horse on the lunge
But now heres the thing. Even though his muscles are really building up and he can clearly carry himself, ones he's off the lunge, his head goes up much much too high and he doesnt always use his back correctly. Now sometimes he has good days were he collects and can use his back, but his head is stull up and sort of fighting
Question: I've heard of people riding in side reigns. Now I"ve been hesitant to do this simply because it seems a bit unnatural and I DO NOT WANT A QUICK FIX. However i've been giving it some thought. What do you guys think of riding in side reigns. Maybe just riding in them for the first 10 minutes and then taking them off? Maybe using them off and on throughout the lesson. Or maybe just starting with them on, taking them off, and ending with them on?
I don't want to just totally ride with them on, because that would just be using a tool as a quick fix, and I don't want that.
But im thinking maybe if I were to use them for the first 10 or 15 minutes of his training and rides, it would be beneficial, helping him stretchi his back and get accostumed to recieving cues and aids with his body in that frame. I haven't been able to get him in as good a frame under saddle as I can get him on the lunge.
Ill be riding him tomorrow. HOpefully for about an hour or an hour and a half. He has soo much stamina so he can work for quite a while. BUt I need to know if I should try this tmr, and if so how should I try it, what intervals do you think.
So what do you think????