Wrongly Muscled Neck - Page 2 - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 13 Old 08-01-2008, 03:44 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 1,284
• Horses: 4
What I think Steper is saying, is when you feel her make contact you let the reins out a bit, but if her head goes up you keep the reins where they are. You are teaching her that by carrrying herself in a proper frame gives a release. If her head goes up there will be pressure.

I would also suggest that it the problem is worse at the trot or canter that she may need an adjustment. A chiro visit is never a waste on money.
G and K's Mom is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 13 Old 08-01-2008, 05:10 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 106
• Horses: 1
Yeah, that makes sense. I can already get her to bend her head and give to the pressure really well at the walk right now and I'm going to start working on the trot and canter. Plus work on impulsion too.

I really do want a chiropractor out, but I don't know how good they are in my area. And they usually have to come out a couple of times...

Valerie
Ruby - Appendix QH - my life
rubyrules is offline  
post #13 of 13 Old 08-01-2008, 06:48 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Northern Illinois
Posts: 21
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by rubyrules
I just don't know if that's doing anything. Because tucking her head like that...she could be mainly using the muscles underneath and that's going to make it worse.
You do actually bring up an important point. If you have to force her head down and in by pulling on her mouth, you will be using the wrong muscles and only strengthening the bottomline. I don't know if this has been mentioned or not, but self carriage is imperative to avoiding this. Self carriage is where the horse holds itself in the frame that you direct it into. When the horse is lightly on the bit (soft, directing contact) and is holding her head and neck and back herself (as opposed to leaning, pulling or flat out resisting your directions), then, and only then, will she begin to gain muscle on her topline, but will also begin to lose a bit of that muscle mass on the bottomline.

Just be careful about asking her to hold a frame for too long at first. This is very demanding for a horse and can lead to fatigue if breaks aren't allowed. Good luck!
JillyBean is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome