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post #71 of 75 Old 01-05-2012, 04:10 PM
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Suppling exercises come in the form of plenty of circle work, loops and serpentines on both reins.

MAke the circles large to start with - like 25m diameter and make sure that his body conforms to the shape of the circle - you don't need masses of bend to get him to fit the shape. Make sure that you keep a contact on the outside rein and ask for flexion with vibrant fingers on the inside rein. Your inside leg asks the horse to shape his body to the curve and engage the inside hind leg. Make sure that you sit straight over his body - don't lean in as if on a motorbike as this will encourage him to step into the circle rather than around it. Think hips square with horses hips, shoulders square with the horses shoulders head looking in the direction you are going, eyes up.

When you change direction do so on a straight line so that he has time to stretch the side that has just come off the inside of the circle. Make sure that you change the subjecy constantly to keep his mind on you and where he is going.

Along with the longitudinal suppling exercises you also need to supplpe him from tail to nose - you do this by doing lots of transitions, between paces and within the pace as these encourage the hocks to come further under the horse making his shooulders lighter and him able to balance better.

I'm just about to start this all with my mare - today is the day I will begin riding again after a long break. Hoping the old bones will not complain too much!
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post #72 of 75 Old 01-05-2012, 04:12 PM
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Today it wa nice out, so I went for a ride and decided to try the pelham bit on Rusty. I was skeptical of it, but it was wonderful. Rusty would not lean at the canter. But, like someone pointed out, he's stiff. He masked his stiffness by leaning to me. Now that he won't put his head in the sand, I can tell he's as stiff as a 2 by 4. To the point where I thought he would fall over at corners at the trot.

Point being, does anyone have extra suppling exercises? And why is my horse so stiff anyway?
Sometimes horses are stiff because the muscles have built up wrong. Sometimes things are "stuck" and they need an adjustment. Sometimes they just haven't learned to be supple.
If it's the last option, ground work ground work ground work! Carrot stretches, bending with pressure, lateral work, lowering the head, releasing the jaw (probably the MOST important one!!!!)

This thread: https://www.horseforum.com/horse-trai...es-back-72621/

Has a lot of ways to help a horse's back, which will help the horse a lot, and also build up muscle too :) I love that thread.. it has helped me so much.

If you want more specifics, feel free to ask. But that should get you started!
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post #73 of 75 Old 01-05-2012, 04:22 PM
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skyeseternalangel - that is a good link and those exercises are great for building up back muscles - I do the tummy lift one with my TB's as they are prone to being hollow when they come off the track.
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skyeseternalangel - that is a good link and those exercises are great for building up back muscles - I do the tummy lift one with my TB's as they are prone to being hollow when they come off the track.
Yeah me too! The difference is astounding and it helps them get 'unstuck' and things become smoother too under saddle.

I've noticed since I've started doing those little exercises, my horse now stays hollow less, even out in pasture.. and the correct muscles are being worked, which is a huge hip hip hooray!

So now I spread that thread around as a place to get good advice and tips and whatnot. I even have it bookmarked
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Horse Heavy onForehand at Canter

My horse too is heavy on the front end - although this is because he is still growing into his butt. My trainer was having him learn to push off from his rear end by cantering him - stop, reverse, canter 20 steps, stop, reverse, canter 30 steps, stop and keep doing this. It forces the horse to push off and put his weight in the back of him. Its been working for my horse. Hope it helps.
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