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post #1 of 7 Old 06-11-2009, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Smile What are good ways to supple and soften a horses neck?

I need good ways of suppling and softening my horses neck!
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post #2 of 7 Old 06-11-2009, 08:42 PM
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Same move as the one rein stop, only while you're already stopped. Sitting squarely in the saddle, drop one rein and slowly pull the other one toward your hip. As soon as your horse makes an effort to bend his neck, release and do the other side. Make sure your legs are off his sides so he doesn't think you're asking for forward movement. Ideally you want his nose to touch his belly, but as first just reward his efforts and then start asking for more. Simple exercise, works great for us.
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I've seen that on RFDTV and I actually tried that with my horse but he's still in his learning stage and when I tried he thought i was asking him to turn right or left so he would go..
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Get the horse on a regular massage schedule. I'm a certified equine sports massage therapist and the horses I do on a regular basis have nice, soft, supple necks.

Other than that, lots of carrot stretches, lateral flexion on the ground and under saddle, and lots of "long and low" stretching exercises.
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Does anyone know any riding exercises?
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Keep up with the lateral flexion, it really works. If your horse starts to walk off, just keep his neck bent and hold until he stops his feet and softens his face. He may walk in tiny circles for a while, but he will get it. You can do this on the ground or under saddle, with a halter or a bridle. After he gets the gist of the flexion at the standstill, you can send him forward at the walk and do some one rein stops, following through with a hindquarter disengagement. Lots of circles! Make sure he bends his entire body around your leg. Figure 8's and pole bending patterns at slow, controlled paces with correct flexion do wonders. My newest horse came to me knowing only that a rider is someone not to be injured. He was very stiff and had no idea how to stop or turn on cue. He is coming along wonderfully after about a month of flexing, circling, transition work, and groundwork. Hope that helps!

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Yes, it did help alot. Thanks!
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