03-22-2011, 01:00 AM
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Another reason Lovedone's point is good is that a horse cannot brace against ONE rein. Do work with one rein, solely, or one rein much more dominant than the other.
However, if the horse braces against you and you DO release, then you ARE teaching him to brace. There are circumstances when you must take up MORE contact to achieve lightness. You have to take up one ounce more than he does, such that you are not in the middle of a stalemate. When he gives, you give bigger, but you stay one ounce stronger until he gives a wee bit.
There are times (not necessarily your example) when it gets uglier before it gets prettier.