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HorsegurlHR 06-24-2013 12:12 AM

A Chestnut Thoroughbred Mare
 
I love my brand new horse dearly, and I'm just looking for some tips to improve her flatwork.
Areas for improvement:
* She tends to hold her head up high and really stiffen her neck.
* She occasionally pins her ears a little bit and gets hissy, while we are cantering.
* It's hard for me to keep her going at the same pace at the trot.

ANY TIPS WILL HELP! THANKS:)

xlionesss 06-24-2013 12:15 AM

Sounds like she could be in pain. I'd have a chiropractor look at her

HorsegurlHR 06-24-2013 01:00 AM

No she's not in pain. We had a vet check on the 19th and all is well. I think these behaviors are common in thoroughbreds because of how they were bred for racing.

Becca93 06-24-2013 02:16 AM

Is she OTT/has she been raced?

xlionesss 06-24-2013 03:54 AM

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Originally Posted by HorsegurlHR (Post 2875993)
No she's not in pain. We had a vet check on the 19th and all is well. I think these behaviors are common in thoroughbreds because of how they were bred for racing.

Either that or she's just a mare LOL
Are you working with a trainer? If not, I would...people can see a lot more from the ground then sometimes we can feel in the saddle.

Starlite 06-24-2013 08:00 AM

Does your saddle fit? My guess (if she is a typical high whithered TB) your saddle may be pinching her whithers. Try a mattis pad under the saddle.

DancingArabian 06-24-2013 08:07 AM

I also suggest checking saddle fit.
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HorsegurlHR 06-24-2013 12:04 PM

We have a mattis pad on her and the saddle is the exact one she's been ridden in for the past four years. I am riding with a trainer weekly, but it's hard for me to make the improvements when she's not instructing me. She's never been raced.

NBEventer 06-24-2013 12:14 PM

Have her stand square on the cross ties. Run your finger nails in a straight line under her tummy from the girth area towards the back. She should lift her back straight up. When she does this see if her back is lifting evenly and now dropped or hallowed out.

Vets normally wouldn't see a back issue. This has nothing to do with her breed. I bet anything this is a pain issue. I would have a chiro check her. If its not pain related then its likely you. You are either locked in your shoulder or your wrist which makes her tense.

Starlite 06-24-2013 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by HorsegurlHR (Post 2875993)
No she's not in pain. We had a vet check on the 19th and all is well. I think these behaviors are common in thoroughbreds because of how they were bred for racing.

1. I just watched her video from Dream Horse. Her under-neck is pretty well muscled indicating to me that she is ridden with her back hollow often and is accustomed to bracing. If this is the case, it is a training issue and will take time to correct. I suggest working on riding her in a "round and down" frame while warming up, ALWAYS keeping her back soft and supple and lots of impulsion behind really pushing her into the contact. Make sure your wrists are supple and arms are nice and supple as well. Also, she is on the fore often in the video. I would work on lots of upward/downward walk/trot, trot/walk transitions eventually leading up to canter work (lots of transitions in canter too) when you can successfully ask her to transition upward/downward without hollowing/tensing in the walk and trot then move up to canter.

2. When were her teeth floated last?

Also, make sure she is not behind your leg. She looks behind in the video, until she is jumping lol


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