My gelding is very straight, which is awesome. His circles however... yuh not so great. I've been trying to get him to work on figure eights but that's more like doing triangles lol.
He does great on the lunge... so I know I'm just not asking right.
If he does well on a line... you could have somone lunge him while your on him. That way you get the feel of his body in the circle and he will get the feel of you. Then have them take you off the line. Have them still stand in the center... and you work the same circle he was lunged in. Thats what we do with ours if they have trouble with circles.
Cool, good idea.
I hope it works. We have had to do a lot of this with some horses. They just dont understand the point of goin in a circle. Especially with a rider.
Sounds like you aren't using enough inside leg and pushing him to an open inside rein.
I am also encountering this issue with a new horse of mine whose neck is stiff to the left... I've been doing tons of carrot stretches to the left (mainly because we can't ride due to all this rain!) and she has improved alot.
Can you flex his nose around to your foot laterally on both sides at a halt? Can you step you horse over to the left with his face looking right/his body bent to the right? Can you move his shoulders/ribcage/hind end independantly while in the saddle?
If no, you need to establish all of the above.
If yes, then as you go around, tip his head to the inside and yeild his ribcage to the outside, and his hind but not as much as the ribcage. Basically, bend him around your inside leg - Your open inside rein creat the start of the bend, your leg pushing the ribcage out creates the middle of the bend, and your seatbones holding his hind in alignment create the end of the bend.If he gets sticky, use more leg and yeild a few steps off the circle to the outside then continue on.
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