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post #11 of 15 Old 09-25-2009, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses View Post
My reins always vary in lenght depending on the conditions. When you put a steady consistent pull on a horses mouth your not trying to force his head down you're only asking for him to put his head down. If he throws his head the pressure (which is not a lot) stays and when he breaks at the poll and softens then it goes away. It doesn't matter if my hands are high or low because he gets relief only when he gives the desired response. I would have done enough of this at the walk and trot that it would be a very short lesson at the canter. Incidently, and I'm not trying to offend, what is your experience (years, schooling ect.)? I do like the advice on lungeing I have often done that although I use a round pen and no lines.
I also think that I have to have a heavier hand because my mare has a poor work ethic, and she doesn't really care about pleasing me. I have to work harder to make her do what I want her to do because she's so bullheaded.

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post #12 of 15 Old 09-28-2009, 04:29 PM
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Circles. Work on circles. Begin with a walk, then trot, and if she responds well to the trot, then lope. Bump and release to slow her down. Circles will allow her to collect herself and get her feet up underneath. I'm working on same and it does take time. My QH gelding goes from walk, trot, to zoom!
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post #13 of 15 Old 09-28-2009, 05:24 PM
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Like said above, see-saw the reins back and forth, if she doesn't listen, one rein her. Cheyenne used to be very bad with this. She would grab the bit and take off, getting very challenging to stop and it worked for me. Now she is extremely soft. Also I reccomend keeping her in a really mild bit while learning.
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post #14 of 15 Old 09-29-2009, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the great responses. It seems to be like my husband says. It takes time.
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-29-2009, 11:28 PM
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It might also help if you wait until she is ready to stop before ask her to stop. So if you're loping circles and you feel like she isn't ready to stop just keep loping circles until she gets winded and is ready to stop on her own then you can direct her toward the fence and ask her to stop. She will want to and if she is headed face on with the fence she won't have a lot of choice.
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