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    11-11-2009, 06:23 AM
Bending and stretching

Paul needs some work bending and stretching. Any suggestions that I can do to work on this. (We are still in the process of learning together. Since he is my first, I let him get away with things I shouldn't and although I love him to death, I need to start getting his respect.) Thanks
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    11-11-2009, 01:11 PM
If your talking about basic flexing, I make sure everyone can do this basic lateral flex. Its the basis for a one rein stop which is again everyone needs to know.
This fellow does a great job of demonstrating-

    11-11-2009, 02:34 PM
I don't mean to steal the thread, but what is the one rein stop ? [the video wont load =/ ]
    11-11-2009, 05:42 PM
A one rein stop is an emergency manuver on your horse. It can stop a buck or a rear and stop a run away horse. Its one of those things I think every horse rider should know.

Basicly its bringing the horses head to your foot and disengaging the hind quarters.
I'll try posting another video. I made one of me and Vida awhile back. Don't laugh at us

    11-11-2009, 06:22 PM
Yup...gotta love the one rein stop haha. They are really handy! I liked the video on lateral flexion too!
    11-13-2009, 07:15 PM
Thanks for the vid on lateral flexing. I've been doing this with my own horse and he's doing really well at it and giving to the bit a lot better too.
    11-14-2009, 12:39 PM
I've heard its a good thing to do that bend for a few minutes every time you get on your horse. I don't, but if its been a few days or weeks since we've ridden I do it just to get her used to giving to the bit.
    11-15-2009, 05:24 PM
I'm doing that each time I get on the mare I've been riding lately.
    11-17-2009, 09:52 AM
I don't and can't do bending with my horse but I can stretch out his legs I was told that I can't make him bend is because he was never taught to and that his throat is just way to thick because he has soooooooooo much muscle lol but even if he can't I still love my horse

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