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freerider 08-28-2007 05:19 AM

Always turning on the forehand
Hey! My horse is quite heavy on the hands and is always turning on the forehand mostly in canter. He hasnt got very good self carriage either. Does anyone have any suggestions to help me?

Thanxs :D

Sara 08-28-2007 05:09 PM

Half halts. What's his conformation like, is he built downhill?

sweetypie16 08-28-2007 08:36 PM

Yes i agree with sara, although it could be your fault clashing with your horses lack of expirence. Figure of 8's is very good, make your circles smaller and smaller. Also with your position, lift your hands, lift your seat. Some QH find it hand to lift up-easy on your hand. Although the high head carriges are naturally good at it, rather than those western riders which make there horses heads low and heavy.

So freerider, could you please discribe your horses conformation, that might make it a little easy for us guys to figure it out :wink:

Haflinger 09-03-2007 04:45 PM

Do not do turns too tight untill your horse knows how to collect himself, does not need to be a high collection level but a little bit.

regardls to the ridingstyle, all training has to follow the Trainingscale.
1.rhythm and regularity

work intensivly on 1,2 and 3. use the basic figures from dressage to achieve these. wait untill your horse gives you all three criterias, and then work on the turns. slowly adjusting the size of the circles voltes so your horse can stay on the hindquaters.
get your hindend active, work on impulsion and straightness, wich will give you , when you work it right, a soft mouth, too.
when you get a little collection and you can keep the hinds active make smaller circles , but be sure you can keep the hinds active.
To make turns on the HQ the horse has to know what it is, most horses do not know that they have four legs.
somtimes a dressagewhip giving a little touch at the HQs can keep them active in the hinds.

cavaletti work can get the hinds active, too. good ridden speed changes help with collection, too.
speedcontrol within the trott or canter or switching from one to the other.
But make sure, he shows a little collection during the changes.
do not let him run into a canter nor let him run out of it and just fall into trott.
lots of bending in all directions. but mostly make sure you cover the steps in order of the trainingscale...

sweetypie16 09-04-2007 09:35 PM

WOW, if Halflingers comment doesn't help you i don't know what will :lol:

Haflinger 09-06-2007 09:36 AM

It really is in the basic work!

People just seem to forget these simple steps. Yeah build can be a little obstacle, but then you just have to spend more time on the basics.

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