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        04-01-2012, 09:16 PM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by spurstop    
    Does she ride off your leg and spur at all? Can you move her hip to the inside and ask her to push through? It sounds like you and your trainer are too worried about your horse's head position. If you get her legs right, her head and neck will follow.

    It may be time to haul to another a trainer and see if you can see some difference and learn some new methods. I've never heard the term "facing" used to get a horse to give to the bridle.
    she does but she's super hyper sensitive to it, like I can just push the fender a little bit in and her head goes way up like I've just electrocuted her, she's really a stickler about moving her hips around, I can't seem to get her to do it at all and I can't quite understand how to train her to move her hips without moving forward, she's really good about turning off of my seat aids (i can just look in the direction I want to go and she'll move right off) but she's super antsy when I touch with the legs or on the mouth, though she's way better than when we first started
         
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        04-04-2012, 11:18 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    If she is reacting that much to your leg, she really isn't broke to your leg. Most pleasure horses are trained that when the legs go on, it means to lift and round -- you shouldn't have to touch her face so much.

    Does the trainer ride her at all or do you just do lessons?
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        04-05-2012, 11:21 AM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by spurstop    
    If she is reacting that much to your leg, she really isn't broke to your leg. Most pleasure horses are trained that when the legs go on, it means to lift and round -- you shouldn't have to touch her face so much.

    Does the trainer ride her at all or do you just do lessons?
    we just do lessons, but I noticed yesterday I was holding my leg off her (old habit from when she used to flip when my legs were on her) than brining it down on her to cue then she would have a little "whaaaatt???!! O_O" moment but if I kept my leg touching her the whole time she was fine and when I squeezed with a little additional pressure she would go off no questions asked, does that mean she's broke to my leg or that was bad riding on my part?
    Also she used to carry her head like 10 ft in the air, I was getting her to put it down with a gentle touch the other day for the walk is it still just repitition with her for the rest of the gaits? How do I get her to just put her head down off the leg, all she really associates it with is forward?
         
        04-08-2012, 10:51 AM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by flyingchange1991    
    we just do lessons, but I noticed yesterday I was holding my leg off her (old habit from when she used to flip when my legs were on her) than brining it down on her to cue then she would have a little "whaaaatt???!! O_O" moment but if I kept my leg touching her the whole time she was fine and when I squeezed with a little additional pressure she would go off no questions asked, does that mean she's broke to my leg or that was bad riding on my part?
    Also she used to carry her head like 10 ft in the air, I was getting her to put it down with a gentle touch the other day for the walk is it still just repitition with her for the rest of the gaits? How do I get her to just put her head down off the leg, all she really associates it with is forward?
    Short answer: You take her to a trainer that can teach her and get her more broke and can teach you how to ride her.

    It would be a lot better for your horse to be ridden by a professional and the professional teach you than have people try to teach you on the internet.
         

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