Alright, most of you know about my horse Lizzy.
Well she's a great little mare with a wonderful jog. She's a great WP prospect. But as of now, I'm the only trainer she has, and I intend to train her to do everything I know how. But, I'm only fourteen and I just got out of barrel racing, so I don't quite know everything.
Well, Lizzy is coming along wonderfully. But here's my problem, she is amazing as long as we have draw reins on with the O-ring snaffle. Lopes wonderfully, jogs perfectly, walks, the whole nine yards, and the kicker, she carries her head where I want it. Now I know you all are probably thinking that I force her to carry herself like that, but I hold the reins as loose as physically possible, mind you, I will tighten up when necessary...Then as soon as she's in normal reins and an o-ring snaffle, it's good for the walk and jog...as long as I don't try to touch her mouth...once I go to correct anything, her head pops up..not high or anything but up that it's not right for show...she won't even consider putting her head down for the trot and the lope she's rushing and her head is in the air.
So, I put her in the correction bit for little work. I barely touch her with that because I really don't want her sour to that bit...So she jogs wonderfully in it, headset everything. Haven't tried trotting in it...But the lope, she carries herself...alright, but it could be better she has an alright speed, but could be slower and still maintain impulsion and self carriage. But at the lope, her head is in the skies! I figure its her trying to hold herself to maintain the speed so I'm not too pushy with the headset quite just yet, but the thing is is eventually I have to teach her it and she doesn't quite get it... We don't use the correction bit even once a week... and I don't work her in a fenced in arena because I don't want her so dependent on the rails. But now it seems she's too dependent on the draw reins...
I've tried stopping and loping. Backing and loping. I don't use spurs. And she knows the head set, she will let me correct it at the stop and set her head, but at the jog or lope it's like I have to just let her do her thing..
I've also lunged her with her head tied down to help her transitions, but she's ******ed for lunging lol.
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