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freerider 09-12-2007 04:05 AM

Long and Low
Hello :D Can anyone please tell me how to get my horse working long and low as i have bben having trouble with it?

Delregans Way 09-12-2007 05:43 AM

:) Hi,

How it going? Why are trying to make your horse go long and low? I am a dressage coach, and i would like to no your situation before i help :wink: . When i warm my horses up, i do atleast 10 min of 'long and low' work, as this streaches there muscels alone there back and neck.
Run me through what do you think is the correct aid to ask for your horse is?
How much Dressage/flatwork has you and your horse had? :lol:


3days3ways 09-13-2007 12:35 AM

Hey, first you might wanna try longing your horse w/ pessoa or vienna reins... this will help him build up the muscles in hte correct places without worrying bout us on their back :D ... at first keep them on hte long side until he/she gets used to the pressure and gets the idea....

also, when you're riding, have your horse on a normal contact and then (starting at hte walk) kind of push with your hips forward and slowly let the reins slide out of your hands so you encourage your horse to streatch forward and downwards, keep this stretch for a couple strides and then slowly collect him back. as he becomes used to it and has more muscles, you can encourage him to be stretchy for longer periods of time. this also works with trot and canter, but make sure he doesnt get on his forhand.

good luck and hope i helped :)

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