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XenaWarriorPrincess 07-26-2013 01:05 PM

Long and Low
I'm curious as to everyone's favorite method on getting a horse long and low, as I currently have about 3 different methods bouncing around my head, and I can't decide which to use on my 3yr old.

jumanji321 07-26-2013 01:42 PM

What are the methods you are thinking of using?

I don't mess with their head at all. I teach them to seek out the contact so that when I give my horse rein, she stretches down and in to the bit.

showjumperachel 07-26-2013 01:52 PM

I have been wondering about this too. I worked with for a dressage trainer a couple of years ago and when starting horses, he religiously lunged his horses with side reins before every ride. The side reins were always VERY loose, to encourage the horse to stretch their neck down nice and low. I recently started using this method on my OTTB and have noticed a huge difference. He feels much more relaxed and not nearly as stiff as he used to be. However, I'm noticing he doesn't stretch OUT as much as I would like him too, so if anybody has any thoughts on this matter/knows how to improve his stretch I would love to hear about them!:D

Incitatus32 07-26-2013 02:37 PM

This is an interesting topic! I know what I do to get my horse to stretch down and out is to lower my hands like side reins. My thumbs touch his withers. (I worked him loosely in side reins in a roundpen for a short while to get a feel for this cue). I then play with his mouth a little bit by using my fingertips to gently wiggle the reins when his front feet take a step (like right foot forward = wiggle right rein once). After about two strides he gets the idea and stretches forward and moves out more. He LOVES a lot of contact but is afraid to reach out and grab it on his own so this works for him.

I'd love to hear how others do this! :D

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