Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: between florida and maryland, usa.
Tips for bending?
So, I've been riding a 14 year old tb who was trained to race, but never did. She had back problems a while back with made it hard for her to bend/go on the bit, but did not stop her from jumping/doing anything else. But with the help of vets/chiropractors/special pads and a custom saddle her back is 100% better. So she no longer has an excuse to not bend or go on the bit. I was just curious as to how to ask for her to go on the bit because when I put contact on the reins, she stops (or slows down a lot) and will not keep her forward movement anymore. I'm in the process of slowly working on it, and we've made some progress, but not a whole lot. Also, with the bending, she tends to try to cut in towards the center of the ring when I ask her to bend. She seems to be ignoring my aids with my inside leg and the dressage whip to push her back out. And if I use my outside rein at all to try to center her some, she totally bends outward instead of inward. She is fine if we are spiraling, or doing figure eights/serpentines, its just when we are turning a corner of the ring. I am also going to ask my trainer tomorrow, but I figured maybe some of you guys could help me out. Any tips would be great!