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How to fix hard and bouncy trot?

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  • Is horse collected if trot is not bouncy
  • Can you fix a trot

 
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    04-24-2011, 03:49 PM
  #1
Foal
How to fix hard and bouncy trot?

Im not exactly sure if this has much to do with Natural Horsemanship
(yes I know what it is and how its used). My question pertains to
Training a 5 year old paint mare. Her trot is hard + bouncy = very irritating.
Again-not sure if this is your quota just need some help...! Anyway to fix this?
     
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    04-24-2011, 08:58 PM
  #2
Started
Well im not the most experienced in that stuff but I think that may just be the way she moves, not much of a way to fix this. But maybe try lunging her around in a trot for a bit and maybe she'll start to get the idea?
     
    04-24-2011, 09:01 PM
  #3
Showing
Usually it means she's heavy on the front end and needs to learn to move in collection. By that she shifts her weight rearward to move in balance.
     
    04-24-2011, 09:07 PM
  #4
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Originally Posted by KSCountryGirl13    
Her trot is hard + bouncy = very irritating.
It may be a balance issue or her not moving correctly with the rider. If you could post some pics that would be helpful.
     
    04-25-2011, 12:23 AM
  #5
Foal
She collects pretty well I suppose but she keeps
Her head at a high level to carry herself
( that's what trainers have told me) Its difficult
For her to move with her head down.
I do not have pictures of her trot.sorry!

Lounging...not exactly the best option(possible yes)but
I would like to teach her while riding her.
     
    04-25-2011, 07:31 AM
  #6
Yearling
What kind of bit do you ride her in? I have the same problem with my 5 year old mare. Her trot when we first start is hard and bouncy. I work her in the snaffle o ring. What I do is put rein in each hand and at my knees. It teaches them to things one to drop their head and two it helps to slow her speed and she works more collected. Once I have her head set where I want it and she is going the speed I want then I put my reins back together and see if she stays there. If she doesn't I repeat the whole process.
     
    04-25-2011, 08:40 AM
  #7
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Originally Posted by KSCountryGirl13    
She collects pretty well I suppose but she keeps
Her head at a high level to carry herself
( that's what trainers have told me) Its difficult
For her to move with her head down.
I do not have pictures of her trot.sorry!
Hmmmm... Not trying to offend, but are you positive she collects? Can you feel her back to come round? My paint was/is very high headed, but when she comes on bit (which is not constant at the moment, we are working on it) I can physically feel her back to move up under my bum, head drop comes as a part of it automatically.

I'm not big fan of lunging to be honest. I prefer to work from a saddle.
     
    04-25-2011, 02:22 PM
  #8
Foal
What did you mean by "and at my knees"? --Like using two sets of reins?

(I believe)I do all of the things you mentioned.

I ride her in an O ring copper snaffle as well.
I have tried a martingale + a tie down, but I really do not like them.
(the extra tack doesnt help the situation + they don't help)

I think I just need her to get her head down first,and then
Possibly start working more on her trot. Is there any
Other ways to get her to level out?
She will drop her head when I pull up on the reins,but
After a few seconds it just pops back up.

How would you correctly get a horse to collect
Under itself?
  • She uses her head to carry herself +
  • She has a large stride
     
    04-26-2011, 08:27 PM
  #9
Foal
Yes I understand what collecting is and she does it but its an on and
Off kind of thing,she will collect for a few strides and then gets out of
It. :/ If its something I am doing wrong I would like to fix it,she worked better for me today but not consistent! :(
     
    04-26-2011, 09:34 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by KSCountryGirl13    
Yes I understand what collecting is and she does it but its an on and
Off kind of thing,she will collect for a few strides and then gets out of
It.
:/ If its something I am doing wrong I would like to fix it,she worked better for me today but not consistent! :(
Lol! It's pretty normal if you just started working on collection and/or she doesn't have right muscles. My paint is at the same stage. Just keep working with her and don't get upset - it'll come (just need some time). :)
     

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