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Not giving to the bit????
can anyone give me some suggestions exercises to work with my green older mare to give to the bit?
A little history:
Green broke 10 y/o was out to pasture for almsot 5 years just started riding in the past month and she goes good getting some basics down and has a nice headset 50 % of the time. I want to show her at open shows in english and western but am having a hard time getting her to give to the bit.
Some exercises we do now:
trot, hault, backs
Flexing left to right but wont give to put her head down she braces against the bit.
Last night while riding I was trying to push her into the bridle well she was pulling agaisnt my hands with her head and nose up in the air..if i would have no pressure on the reins she would be more relaxed and put her head back down.
I would try tieing your reins to your saddle and lunging her. Or, put a surcingle on her and attach your reins that way. Before you do this though, I would rule out any pain issues that might be causing her to not want to collect up (teeth, soreness in her back or hind etc) Horses that collect need to really round there back and use there hind end. If she doesnt know how to use her hind end then thats where you need to start rather then getting her to collect. Some horses "comformationally" speaking just simply cant be put into form or held there comfortably. If you have ruled out pain, know for sure she is using her back end, then I would go ahead and start tieing your reins to the saddle or surcingle and lunging until you see she understands. You can also do ground excercises like tieing her head right around and just letting her learn off her own pressure. I have found this works wonders with any horse that is learning or is being re taught how to give to bit pressure. Hope this helps.
Side reins could help. What kind of bit do you use on her? A lot of horses won't give with a harsh bit but won't stop/turn with a light one. It's all about finding the balance.
Try stretching exercises. I start every ride with every horse with their nose in the dirt. Look for back stretching stuff. It really helps and it encourages them to relax on the bit when they get put to work.
I would definitely do some ground work with her, like bitting, lining (ground driving). Under saddle, you could try draw reins. A german martingale would also help out.
You need to start teaching collection, or giving to the bit from a halt first, not from a walk, or trot, or canter. From a stand still, take the slack out of the reins, and give her slight cue from your leg (like you would when you push her into contact when moving), then just wait for the slightest attempt from her to give to the contact. She might try to back up, but just let her do what she needs to in order to figure out what you are asking her to do; and as soon as she gives...RELEASE the reins, and praise her! Then repeat. When she has that down (like she gives as soon as you are taking the slack up, and putting the pressure on) then start doing the same exercise in the walk. Then trot, and finally a canter...as you move from one gait to the next, she will progressively get better and better at what you are asking, and by the time you get to the canter, all you will probably have to do is just shift the reins, and she will already be coming into contact.
Collection. My trainer and I were just working on this last week. You could use side reins but I wouldn't suggest those for riding. When you are riding bring your reins back almost to your knees, make sure your hands are down on the sides far apart, make sure you are pulling her head tight on the bit. When she gives let go, if she doesn't give keep holding, when she finally does give to the bit release. When she starts putting her nose back out do it all over again. With lots of time, practice, and patience she will get the idea and be collected without being reminded constantly. Best of luck!
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