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post #21 of 35 Old 11-10-2014, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Very much so, but she has this problem that when you take up any sort of rein contact she tosses her head and is a real cow about it, so when i ride her i try to help her out with that issue.

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by doing what?

I think getting her more forward is always number one. then, you can experiement with building her tolerance to rein contact.
I am riding a hrose that will react to sometimes the very softest of rein conatct by coming behind the bit and curling over and down, and not just with me, but with any rider. my trainer will disallow this with a short little tug, upward and on only one rein, to say , "no, not there" and when the horse raises his head, we continue on a very light contact. but him diving behind the contact means that I can either put more leg on him to get him to go forward more, or, if he's already going forward pretty decently, I let him know that going down like that is not the answer.
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post #23 of 35 Old 11-10-2014, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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She is naturally forward all the time, being forward on a loose rein is normal for her, but being rode with some contact is odd. She also is hardly rode in a pen that small. Either out in the open or a roping arena.

I also apologize for my 2 point and no stirrup riding for being so bad.


Here is Squiggy's video.


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that's a long video, with a lot of trotting, and I thought i wasn't going to see any change, but after the midway point, she got a bit looser and you started to find her mouth and I saw some moments of connection where she seemed willing to relax a bit in her neck and lower her nose a bit, and she didn't lose her impulsion , what she has of it.

I know she's a qh and it's her natural stride to trot like that, and you don't want to push her out of that, but you want her to settle into it a bit more, too, before you do anything with her head. kind of envision her wanting to go somewhere, like home, and having a long way to trot, so though she is moving out with energy, she's not rushing. that kind of feeling where the hrose really wants to get somewhere but not exhaust themselves, and has no feeling of panic. that's how you want her trot to feel.
you might try completely putting both hands forward, or, put the reins in one hand, the other on your thigh, look out somewhere in the distance, and see if you can't get her energy to cue into yours which is all about movingforward with loose energy .

Also, posting with the reins in only one hand will verify if you are using them in any way to balance off of.

at the canter, sit back a bit more.
I have the same problem , so though I might say this as a bit of advice, it's what I need to do, too. I'd sit back on her, hold the reins in one hand for a bit and aske her to canter on. then try taking up more contact.

also, in a general sense, do more changes; speed up/down within the gait, stop/start, change gait, change directions, stop and drop the reins, hug, then go on.

she is growing up and has been offering you a much more cosistent trot rythm, which is good, and your lower leg is getting really steady and quiet.
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Thanks tiny!
I did ride the snot out of her the day before chasing cows in the riverhillls for a friend. Negotiating coulees is tough stuff, so is long trottingor loping from place to place. The moment the bridle was off and the halter was on at the trailer she had a nap lol.

I tried to get more oomph out of her, even got after her with my legs quite a bit at a trot but no bueno.

She finally grew up enough to figure out her legs at a canter without getting flustered... As you can see in the video.


I'm also starting to feel more comfortable with my riding in English tack. My leg feels more solid but relaxed and I just feel like I can be more effective.
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Nice job with your fatty. Sorry I couldn't go and ride them myself. Even with you offering to have your mom cook for me.
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My mom only really cooks when dads home on weekends so it was a bad deal anyways lol
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So I kicked my fat horses in the butt today and pushed and pushed until my poor legs were too tired or I got a reasonable response.

Anywho... I think it went fairly well.



On Squiggy today, I figured out that to get her to move out and go like a normal horse I had to let my reins go fairly loose and have my hands rather wide and just let her go and get all of her nerves out of her system. We ended up burning circles for quite a while before she quit trotting like a little shetland and trotted half decently for me. Even thought about stretching her topline a bit.




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I got even more out of Squiggs today.








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Bumping this up :)

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