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post #1 of 8 Old 11-19-2011, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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I've been riding ponies my whole life and lately, I have switched to my first horse. Things are going great but my mare happens to have a VERY heavy head and when I land after jumps, she pulls me down and totally wreaks my position, and obviously, I can't have that happen in the hunter ring. How can I get used of riding a bigger horse or learn to get her to keep her head up?!
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-19-2011, 10:07 PM
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make sure you're not pulling on her mouth over the fence

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post #3 of 8 Old 11-20-2011, 01:27 AM
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Maybe you need more of a release
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post #4 of 8 Old 11-23-2011, 10:18 AM
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Your horse pulls you down after the jump because she isn't balancing on her hind end. You should work on the flat and get her to lighten up on the forehand, and moving from back to front.

Also doing a lot of gymnastics with her to get her using her hind end more
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post #5 of 8 Old 12-02-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Your horse pulls you down after the jump because she isn't balancing on her hind end. You should work on the flat and get her to lighten up on the forehand, and moving from back to front.

Also doing a lot of gymnastics with her to get her using her hind end more
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-09-2012, 12:14 AM
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Okay, my gelding had a real problem with being heavy when cantering. He was totally pulling me down and riding was no fun. Over a course of about four or five months of riding twice a week, sometimes more, he got only a little better. What kind of bit are you riding your mare in? I rode my gelding in a jointed snaffle for the longest time...my trainer gave me a pelham to try on my horse because he was also very hardmouthed. It was like day and night. Rusty lightened up, and while he still has a long way to go, I can actually stand riding him because he isn't pulling me down. I'm not saying try a pelham bit or anything, but don't be afraid to try different pieces of equipment if it's really giving you a problem that is interfering with your ability to fix the problem (ie-not wanting to ride because you always get pulled out of the saddle and nothing seems to be working). Also, in my situation, Rusty had been a western horse, used to a curb and taught to drop his head and get heavy (hence why I ride English!).

Also, I've heard that lots of transitions work and so does lateral work. Also, going for a trail ride and riding up and down hills helps build hind end muscles. When she gets heavy, you can "pop" her with your inside rein (quickly pop it up to her ears and release RIGHT AWAY when her head comes up). Also, make sure not to drop your hands.

I totally sympathize with your situation. Heavy horses are really hard to retrain.

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-10-2012, 11:08 AM
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horses dont have hard mouths, they have stiff bodies. i would not suggest putting this horse in a harsh or bigger bit. if he is pulling down on landing,s hes unbalanced and on her forehand. a balanced canter makes a balanced jump, so work on her rocking back on her hind end at all gaits. do lots and lots of transitions, and make sure she is not only obedient, but not falling on her forehand.

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-10-2012, 11:10 AM
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horses dont have hard mouths, they have stiff bodies. i would not suggest putting this horse in a harsh or bigger bit. if he is pulling down on landing,s hes unbalanced and on her forehand. a balanced canter makes a balanced jump, so work on her rocking back on her hind end at all gaits. do lots and lots of transitions, and make sure she is not only obedient, but not falling on her forehand.
I disagree with the first bit- some horses DO have hard mouths. My old dressage horse gave me the best arm muscles ever, however was supple enough to canter a 6m circle- at 17.2hh.

However, the rest I agree with. Perhaps more work on the flat would be a good idea.. but not a stronger bit.
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