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Kelly22790 11-08-2011 11:00 AM

Tied Down - 4th time
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This is the 4th time we have tied down my new mare. She's doing great with it. We've been tying her pretty lose but this day we tightened it up after the video and tried the canter (she had a few "freak out" moments but settled down and went right back to it).

Saddlebag 11-08-2011 11:39 AM

I like the way she lifts her back when she drops her head below her withers. Her relaxed back has nice movement.

Kelly22790 11-08-2011 11:49 AM

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Yes, when she is in frame she looks so good! She just still does not know what to do with her legs and feet right now -- but she is learning. I will try and get some better videos to post when I go out tonight. Her canter is where she needs the most work...she is very unbalanced and leans to compensate. We've been working on flexibility and it is definitely improving. Just needs time & work!

VanillaBean 11-08-2011 01:18 PM

Lookin' good! She is sooooo pretty.

kevinshorses 11-08-2011 02:00 PM

Why would you want a horse to travel with its head that far down?

Kelly22790 11-08-2011 02:40 PM

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It's not so much about her head being down but more that when he head is down the rest of her body is in frame. There is a difference between just plotting along and placing their feet. Think about can drag your feet when you jog or you can pick them up and place them where they need to go -- which is the better idea? Plus, since she will be carrying a rider she needs to know where to place her feet so that she doesn't trip while just plotting along. Horses will travel with their necks low naturally as well. A horse that has its head low is relaxed...a horse that has its neck and head high and erect is anxious/nervous.

Kelly22790 11-08-2011 02:52 PM

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Also...I want to make a correction to an error in my original post that I can't believe I even made. It's loose not lose. Can't believe I made that error as it is my pet peeve. Maybe the second o just didn't register when I typed it lol!

kevinshorses 11-08-2011 03:04 PM

How does pulling thie head down produce engagement of the hindquarters and the proper frame? It seems to me that it unbalances the horse and inhibits proper collection.

AlexS 11-08-2011 03:45 PM

There is a lot more to collection than just pulling down her head, Kevin is correct, this does not engage her hind.

Dressage10135 11-08-2011 03:50 PM

Agree with Alex and Kevin, what's the point of having the head so low? It looks like the horse is going to trip over his front end rather than being collected.

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