Ya, I have a 12 ft line, rope halter and training stick that I always use for my ground work. But would appreciate some loosening excersises. I have done loads of ground work with different horses but none quite like her in the sense of her stiffness. I'm pretty sure she is not sore, the owners have had massage and chiropractics done a few times, mostly massage though and she doesn't feel "out" anywhere other then stiff and over canted. What happened was she hurt her back leg last spring and was put in the field after where nobody did anything with her all year then they took her to a bigger show and the daughter was so frustrated b/c she's fairly green and this mare has a lot of attitude and can be a lot of horse...not a good match for a green rider at all. Nobody did anything with her after that either and then they decided they wanted to sell her. So I am going to show her to get her out there for them, but we need to work out her "issues" first.
When i'm circling her I don't really notice her being canted, it's on the straight that I really notice it, if I circle her a couple times then go to the straight it's not as bad but her hind end slowly drifts back in toward the centre of the ring.i will definitely try the counterbent circles not only on her but my gelding as well. Thanks
As well, unfortunately that is not my facebook video another poster posted that for me. I haven't had a chance to get a video yet becasue I am just doing ground work right now, as well as I have a 2 yr old son at home that my bf has to watch while i'm riding which makes it kinda hard to have him take video so I will have to plan it for when someone else at the barn has some time to take some video for me. Thanks for the comment though if it were me riding
Originally Posted by tinyliny
Just getting back to this thread after a break. Glad to hear that you have done some work with her on the ground. All you need is a long leadline and a rope halter, and maybe a dressage whip or long stick.
Listening to your description, I wonder is she has some pain issues. Being that stiff might be from something "out" in her hips or spine or ribs.
Just a thought.
I read that if a horse cants it's hind end toward the inside of the circle, most peole try to line up the front and back by pushing the hind out. But I was advised to bring the shoulders over to be infront of the straying hind end.
I use inside rein and inside leg to lift the sagging inside shoulder and recover a bend.
Once she becomes more supple and relaxed on the ground, try doing some walk circles counterbent. This helps get a horse to really step underthemselves.
When the horse goes around canted inside like you have said, they area avoiding the effort of stepping UNDER themselves . They will not reach very far forward with each canter step of the rear legs
YOu might have her trot over cavalletti to build up her abdominal muscles to help be able to bring legs straight under her own spine.