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post #31 of 34 Old 10-04-2015, 11:19 PM
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If you're pushing your horse up, your leg should be on it.

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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum View Post
Hackamores most definitely can be put on backward and they are completely ineffective (and can cause serious damage) if used backward. My friend accidentally had her Quick Stop hack backwards for a few rides and afterward, her gelding was a bear to bridle for quite a while.

As for the bit being backward, I would say it actually probably matter MORE with a curb than with a snaffle if it's backward or not.
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I never said it didn't matter!
And I would disagree it would matter I whole lot more in a snaffle than curb...IMO.

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Confession time: Last week, I rode little 13 hand Cowboy. He was fine on left turns, but kind of slow on right turns and stops. About two miles down the trail, I got off and took a look. Sure enough, the left rein was attached to the bit, and the right was still on his halter. It isn't my first faux pas with tack, and won't be my last. Can't blame little Cowboy for giving me the stink eye, though...

FWIW, I find it easier to let my lower leg hand next to my horse if my toes go out some. My left is always further out than my right - which is true when I jog as well - so it is about 40 deg & 20 deg. If I try to put my toes straight ahead, it drives my lower leg off my horse. Don't know if that is because I'm in 50s, but that is how it works with me.
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post #34 of 34 Old 10-22-2015, 12:30 AM
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The way I see it you are putting you heels down but in order to do so you are simply pushing your legs out in front of you. Build a base of support in your leg, don't put your heels down. Try to make a straight line, ear,shoulder, hip to heel.
As I understand from reading other responses you may have been giving a side pass cue when the picture was taken so I understand this may be a result of that.
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