05-19-2009, 11:10 PM
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When our horses take the bit, don't give it to them. When we give them something to lean into, they are going to take it - meaning, riding hands first.
I have ridden many an OTTB, and I have gone through exactly what you are talking about - and that is where Dorothy came in and showed me how to incorporate seat first. Incorporating lots of flat work, seat, legs, hands. Heck, my TB is 16/17 and a been there done that mount - and still likes to think he can make the decisions.
I then have to correct myself first, before I can correct him. Our horses reflect what we are doing in the saddle 100% of the time.
When you learn to rely on your seat, you wont have to rely so much on your hands. When you don't have to rely so much on your hands, you wont be givng your horse something to lean into.
If your horse gets heavy on the bit, physics is - your horse is on the forehand, on the muscle. Not rounded, not soft, through riders correct aids.
Training Scale - always go back to the training scale.
Rhythm, Looseness, Contact, Impulsion, Straightness, Collection.
If your horse gets heavy and leans into the bit - there is a link missing. Go back to basics.