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post #3001 of 3024 Old 03-27-2019, 12:56 PM
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A lot of Morgans are trained in lines as babies, so it's possible Ana's actually experienced them before. My previous BO did a ton of long lining with her dressage horses, and like @carshon said, she'd use the full arena and take them through grids/cavellitis, etc. at all gaits. I watched her a few times and did a little makeshift work with Izzy using a regular surcingle and two cotton lunge lines, so no special equipment really needed. Izzy was driven as a youngster so didn't mind the lines on her back or legs, but I did some "practice" in an arena when we started, and made sure to really move the lines all over her hind legs and up over her back and under her tail before I did anything else. I've liked it as a strategy here for Izzy, and will take her out on walks down the road with the lines (which I guess is technically probably more "ground driving" than long-lining, but we're not really going for style points).


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One helpful hint I will give with long lining is have 2 different colored lines when you start out - so that you always know right is "white" and left is "black" and so on. that really helped me - especially when asking for a change in direction
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Thanks for the tips @egrogan and @carshon - I like the idea about the color coded lines as Iím sure itís easy to get confused.

I rode Ana 4 times in 5 days. We are both exhausted. I can hardly sit up straight; my postural muscles are toast! Going to get adjusted by chiro tomorrow; that should help.

I hope I didnít bite off more than I can chew; Iím signed up to do all 3 Training level tests on 4/6 which Iíve never attempted. Plus the clinic.

The good news is that Ana is a lot more settled the more I ride her. So at least Iíve got the dragon tamed for now. Even with cantering sheís offering to stretch more, probably because sheís too tired to put up a fight. So the right response feels easier to her than the wrong response. Now I just need to get myself fit enough to exercise her properly.

Definitely NOT riding tomorrow. Heck I donít even know how Iím gonna get from the couch to the shower. So exhausted
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I agree with Egrogan, I worked for a morgan trainer who drove and did saddle seat, as well as natural horsemanship. They long line EVERY horse and many morgan are broke to the cart as 2yrs olds to be ready to ride by 3. The long lining and starting them as 2yr olds pulling makes it super easy to break and start them. It's a good system.

Good luck with the shows and clinics!! And glad Ana is settling down, should be a great adventure for you both. Enjoy all experiences!
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Thank you @egrogan I sent you a pm.
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I'm so glad it made it without the popcorn being crushed! Enjoy maple season
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Windy cold day in Oklahoma. We tried the maple syrup that we got from @egrogan - it was yummy!

I longed Ana prior to riding as she was very worked up from the wind and the cold. I then rode her for 14 minutes. I overshot the target; wore her out on the longe and she had no go left under saddle. Oh well.

I ordered her a few things. Been wanting to try a Micklem bridle on her and also a fancy bit for horses that are fussy in the bridle.

Planning on riding her again tomorrow and hopefully find the right amount of forward and throughness.
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Update: Mystery solved, lame again and show update

So this picture explains whatís been happening to Anaís mane

Aside from the obvious cosmetic issue, this is also dangerous and could explain some of her occasional neck and shoulder stiffness.

I just received this pic late last night after I had already left the barn so I have not had a chance to discuss this with BO. Iím gonna ask if we can move Ana to a grass turnout: the barn has 4 of them. Either with a buddy or by herself next to a buddy. This would mean more stall time for her because they rotate horses through the turnouts. But she would be safer and happier while sheís turned out and she would be happier to see me when I come to ride because I will be her ticket to freedom rather than the fun police.

The BO might tell me no so thereís that possibility because it would require her to change the rotation schedule and upset other horses and their owners.

Also, Ana went lame on the right hind as I was riding her last night. Iím glad I got it on video so that I could reconcile what I was feeling with what I was seeing. Her right hind became wobbly and she couldnít push off it in the canter so the canter felt like she was trotting with one leg. Super weird.

Of course as my streak of bad luck would have it, this has to happen 4 days before my favorite show and clinic of the year was supposed to happen. But we only have 24 rides scheduled so far which is not enough to make a show and it will likely get rained out anyway.

So maybe getting canceled will be for the best since Ana is lame anyway. But then I still need to figure out why sheís lame and how to prevent and fix it. It happened after lateral work; her legs became wobbly. She could still use her left hind just fine but the right was too unstable to push off into the canter.

Sigh.

Hope everyone is having a better week than me. Iíll see if I can the footage of her wobbly leg loaded at some point.
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Holy smokes! Her head in those gates is scary! I am so sorry she is lame. Maybe she needs adjusted? All of the longing can make her SI joint go out.

Fingers crossed for a quick recovery for Ana.
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