I'm attempting to get my three year old miniature to round out a little bit and begin to carry her head at a good angle (at the moment she stretches it out at the canter and holds it like a giraffe at a trot) because her neck was beginning to look rather ewed and undermuscled. I've been doing a lot of long and low walking with her as well as flexation exercised, and its making a little bit of a difference, but I'd really like to see more. I want her moving really nicely before I try teaching her to jump in-hand or to pull a buggy this fall.
This was five weeks ago.
(pardon her feet. That was 6 weeks of growth right there )
And then two and a half weeks ago
Here's a video of her walking/trotting (we're not doing too much at the canter yet, as I want her fully balanced and in a bit better condition before we canter often)
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My question is, do you think she would benifit from using a surcingle and sidereins? I've heard that used correctly, they can help a horse flex and carry themselves better- but I wanted to be sure that I've heard CORRECTLY xD and I don't know a whole lot about them, so I figured its better safe than sorry. I know that sidereins should only be used at a trot and canter, and that horses should be warmed up and cooled off without them attached, but is there anything else? I don't really know which ring to attach them to in order to maximise good use...anyone know? Or do you think I should do something esle, and forget the idea of sidereins? I was hoping to just use some very basic elastic one-piece sidereins. I don't want to over-equip her. So what do you think? And if you don't like the idea of side reins, I'd love to know why, and maybe get some others ideas of what to do to strengthen her neck? ^^ thanks guys