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    09-03-2009, 01:35 AM
reining- low head

So how do you guys get your horses to lower their head for Reining? Brodie will do it if I use to two hands and remind him I am serious but if I do the one hand "claw" he takes advantage of me and doesn't carry his head as nice, it isn't bad but he sometimes pokes his nose out and I hate it!

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    09-03-2009, 03:30 PM
By "pokes his nose out" do you mean he's avoiding the bit, or does he just stop breaking at the poll? My suggestion is to keep working on flexion. He needs to give when you pick up on the bit no matter what you are doing. Practice, practice, practice, and make sure you are rewarding at the appropriate time. Start at the standstill, and when he's responding well, progress to the walk, etc. Just be patient and I'm sure he'll get the idea, though he may always need to be reminded sometimes. Eventually your reminders should be nothing more than a slight twitch of your fingers. Be careful that you are not expecting him to travel with a level or low neck if he is not built to do so comformation wise. It will be uncomfortable for him and he won't travel well. Is the palomino in your avatar the horse you are referring to? He's a beauty!!!
    09-03-2009, 03:42 PM
Ok soooooo at a stop and walk and trot we are good most of the time .. it's just at the canter (sorry lope) that he pokes his nose out. It isn't avoiding the bit, it is just breaking his "frame".

Like I said when I use 2 hands and correct him he remembers but I want to be able to use one hand, loose rein and have it work- I know I need to keep working with him- just wanted to see if I was doing something wrong, guess not haha ..

Here is a pic of him:
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    09-03-2009, 03:50 PM
You also need to make sure that he is driving from behind and rounding his back. If he is hollowed, he'll be much more likely to carry his nose out. For that, I would do lots of railwork with roll backs. Lope him one way, stop, back up and then roll him back the other way. I would do that until he relaxes.
    09-03-2009, 04:37 PM
Kchfuller, I am having the same problem lol. She will do good at walk and trot kinda the lope, but I always have to use two hands!
    09-03-2009, 05:33 PM
Well I have been doing that stuff .. ill keep it up then ..

Ahhhh reining is all your seat and leg and I don't want to use 2 hands dang it! Lol
    09-03-2009, 06:00 PM
Use one hand, then take your other hand and 'remind' him if he needs it.

He knows the difference of you using one or two hands, he can feel it. Every time he starts to poke his nose out, lift your reins and with your free hand "milk" the reins so that they're shortened up softly, but not constantly.

He'll get it with practice.
    09-03-2009, 06:27 PM
Oh thanks! Ill try that- I am so used to riding english with contact but not in this western/reining stuff :)
    09-03-2009, 11:47 PM
Lol, ya the problem is, is she does not know alot of seat and leg cues lol, she is a green 7 year old, ugh.
    09-04-2009, 08:02 AM
Loping in a frame is a lot of work, so it could be he's just not strong enough to hold that frame yet. Ya, I second the PP about the roll back and lope off. It will remind him to be on his hocks and increase his strength, too. If you keep at it, as he gets stronger he'll gradually add more strides in proper frame as he gets stronger and more balanced.
Good luck, that horse is a real looker!

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