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post #1 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Is It too Late?

So, yesterday I was feeding Jerry a treat, and then I held my hand kind of by his chest. He arched his neck in the prettiest way, and his forelock was hanging down like a beautiful, majestic fairytale horse. So that got me thinking: Maybe, just maybe, I could teach him how to work in at least a bit more of a frame. Right now, he sticks his nose up with his neck stiff. I hope to buy some lunging stuff and side reins to help get him more in a frame on the lunge first.

After we have accomplished that, I plan on getting one of my instructors to help me with riding him in more of a frame.

Anyways, my question is: he's 14 years old. Is it too late to start trying this with him?

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 02:25 PM
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I don't think it's ever too late to teach a horse to be in a frame. Go for it!

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thanks! As soon as I get all the lunging stuff I'll start... His neck looks so beautiful when he has it all arched! SO excited!
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 02:37 PM
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It isn't too late. But, be careful when teaching it to him, it can be very difficult for him to hold his frame properly. So, just start out with very little. Also, when you are riding him do a lot of double up circles at the walk. What you will hopefully get from that is him dropping his neck slightly, him bending, and him being soft in your hands. Also, before you get him into a decent frame just work on flexion and going forward. I'm fairly certain he will not be pleased with having to work in frame because he has to do more work lol.

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post #5 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 04:24 PM
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Yep, agreed, it is never too late. Just be really patient with him because he has been travelling out of frame for so many years, it will be hard for him to build up the correct muscle and break that mental pattern of head up/nose out.

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post #6 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 04:46 PM
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wow your a string bean....I love the blue on your horse
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-28-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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^^ Haha, thanks. My dad wants me to dye the ends of his mane and tail blue... I'm not sure how that would turn out... lol.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-29-2010, 12:32 PM
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Not too old at all! Just make sure that you do it properly and don't focus on his head and neck. Proper carriage comes from behind and the head follows suit.

BTW I totally agree with you. There is nothing more beautiful than that arched neck. My old horse was a NSH and had the most amazingly gorgeous naturally arched neck all the time. It just about killed me with beauty!



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post #9 of 14 Old 08-29-2010, 01:46 PM
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Definitely never too late to try and help your horse learn how to properly carry himself My girl is 10, and is going through the same stuff...

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post #10 of 14 Old 08-29-2010, 01:49 PM
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do it its not to late if the hose was like 25 it may have been!!!
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