How do i get the hunter "Head set"? Please read for further explanation!
Hey! So I have an 8 year old QH gelding who I show HUS and Eq. Last year we showed W/T becasue it was his first year showing and same with mine! We placed very well but he never really had the hunter frame because we did a lot of dressage with him. He almost always rides with his back up and off of his forehand becasue of the work my trainer and I do with him. She is a dressage/ Jumper trainer so she is great for that side of things but isnt involved with the AQHA world.
NOW TO THE QUESTION!:
Are there any exercises for me to get him into the hunter "frame" (Quotes because i know its not really a frame lol) But with his head down. He naturally has a little bit of a higher head for a QH so are there any tips/exercises on lowering it to get that HUS look?? Ill add pictiures/ videos! Thanks:-)
WHAT I WANT HIM TO LOOK LIKE:
WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE NOW (VID OF HIM) He is the big bay.
First Show of the Season H/J (raw) - YouTube
because im impatient :D BUMP!
Use a lot of seat, leg and lengthen your reins to try and get him to reach down in to the bit. He's a very nice horse BTW.
Also remember that he might be conformationally unable to do it as well. AQHA HUS horses are usually bred with lower head sets.
I'm having to teach my horse to ride in frame, and one thing I do is open and close my fingers on the reins, and gently increase leg pressure. And if he doesn't respond increase one aid at a time. If he goes the opposite direction with his head I stop, settle (get head flexed), then back 4-5 steps, then continue on while having him in the correct position. Always start at the walk then climb your way up to the canter...
But it seems your horse already knows what he's doing. So, experiment with your aids and see if you can't find the combo or single aid that he will listen to.
Best of luck!
He needs more drive to start. He has a very lazy looking trot, and needs more impulsion from behind. Really drive him up into the bridle.
If he's done dressage work he should know how to stretch into contact, so use plenty of leg and ride as if you're doing long and low stretching for dressage. My horse is just starting to learn dressage, but I've shown him in HUS before and placed well doing that.
Im currently working with a girl on trying to get a hunter frame and we basically pull out and up on the outside rein in corners and when she responds with lowering her head than we relase in the begining on the end of the corner pull out and down with your inside rein and we usually get a nice hunter head
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