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CloudsMystique 02-13-2011 11:03 AM

Bottle spinning...
 
My mare decided to start planting her outside hind while she's spinning. She plants her foot really well - it's just the wrong foot.

I think it started when I started doing showmanship... Maybe it's because I was pushing her away from me too much while I was teaching her to pivot on the ground and caused her to swing out her hip?

My trainer was never concerned about it, but I'm not training with her anymore and would like to fix it.

Are there any exercises I can do to help? How can I tell which leg is pivoting while I'm riding her? Do I need to have someone on the ground?

Like I said, I don't have a trainer anymore and I probably won't have another one until I move in July. So I'm on my own here.

nrhareiner 02-13-2011 01:42 PM

You horse had too much bend in the mid section and that is pushing his hip out. Once it starts it is very hard to correct. One of the better ways to try and fix it is to side pass into the turn. Keep the horse straight while turning. You should only be able to see the corner of the eye.

CloudsMystique 02-16-2011 10:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nrhareiner (Post 927003)
You horse had too much bend in the mid section and that is pushing his hip out. Once it starts it is very hard to correct. One of the better ways to try and fix it is to side pass into the turn. Keep the horse straight while turning. You should only be able to see the corner of the eye.

Thanks so much! Her hip and her head are bending to the inside of the turn, correct? And her belly is sticking outside of the turn?

Is this something I can work on from the ground?

nrhareiner 02-17-2011 10:38 AM

That is what you do not want. The horse for the most part should be straight. Not overly bent. If they bend too much they through their hip to the out side and in turn pivot on the out side foot which is not correct. Once you start side passing them into the turn and getting them a bit straighter and they are still pushing their hip out you can move your foot back and push the hip back over. This is where being able to move every inch of the horse with your seat leg and reins come into play big time. This is why it is very very important to have that down very well first.

Also make sure you are walking into and out of the turn.

CloudsMystique 02-17-2011 11:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by nrhareiner (Post 931584)
That is what you do not want. The horse for the most part should be straight. Not overly bent. If they bend too much they through their hip to the out side and in turn pivot on the out side foot which is not correct. Once you start side passing them into the turn and getting them a bit straighter and they are still pushing their hip out you can move your foot back and push the hip back over. This is where being able to move every inch of the horse with your seat leg and reins come into play big time. This is why it is very very important to have that down very well first.

Also make sure you are walking into and out of the turn.

That's what I meant : )

I was asking what she was doing wrong, not what she should be doing.


Thank you so much for the help!

nrhareiner 02-17-2011 11:10 AM

Gotcha.


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