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post #1 of 14 Old 12-14-2015, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Horse feels like it's going uphill sometimes - what does that mean?

A couple of times I had a feeling that a horse I was riding bunched up her hind underneath herself and that the saddle was on an incline. What does that mean? Am I maybe too rough and bouncy on her back?

I'm aware that it sounds like collection but I don't think that was it because head position was nothing to write home about, just slightly tucked in.

Just to be on the safe side I stood up into two point for a couple of circles, sat down, everything felt normal for about a length of the arena and then she "bunched up" again.
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post #2 of 14 Old 12-14-2015, 12:53 PM
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It is hard to tell what is going on without a bit more information. Could you tell us what breed of horse this is and what discipline the horse is trained in and how advanced in terms of training the horse is? What gait were you at when this feeling occured? Did you sense from body language and feel what mindset the horse was in when they did this---did they seem like they were concentrating and listening or did the seem uncomfortable and/or afraid? Did the horse's pace change when they did this or feel different in any way (bouncier, etc)?
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She is a 7 year old OTTB, not trained in anything really, just a an ordinary school horse. She is an absolute star, not spooky, easy to ride in school and out on hacks. I developed a great connection with her but she tries hard for other students too.

My instructor says she collects but I cannot claim that she does because I'm not sure what true collection is supposed to feel like. I can do simple dressage with her at the trott, leg yields, shoulder in... Her canter is very comfortable but a bit rushed still and my instructor is working on that.

She is not usually used for begginers purely because her speed scares them but she is great for novice riders, even very nervous people like me.

On all occasions the "uphill" happened we were trotting nicely, both posting and sitting. She is almost always forward and she was on those occasions as well. I was keeping consistent contact but not too strong, and I would occasionaly ask for some suppleness by keeping the outside rein firm and squeezing the inside rein until I felt her give a little. She has a very soft mouth so usually I get an instant reaction.

When she goes "uphill" she doesn't change pace, there is no nervousness or fear and no bouncing either.

If there is anything I missed, let me know.
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my guess is that your horse is "offering" you collection, which is a tremendous gift. enjoy!
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How embarrassing! There I was, trying to get my horse NOT to collect :)
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I'm aware that it sounds like collection but I don't think that was it because head position was nothing to write home about, just slightly tucked in.
Don't worry about the head so much, if it was flung way up, then back would be hollow, so no collection, if she is rounded through her back and neck, you MAY be enjoying some offer of collection. The feeling of uphill, and also lightness, like she is barely touching the ground is what I have found on the odd time I have felt true collection.
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Does it feel more comfortable/smoother than normal or less?
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Does it feel more comfortable/smoother than normal or less?
To be honest, I was so worried about her that I never paid much attention to my comfort. It felt weird because of the uphill effect.
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Wow, I'm so jealous!
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Sounds like the horse is simply going correctly at that point in time, which is a good thing!

I'm curious though, why haven't you asked the instructor what's going on? They are there first hand watching and coaching as this is happening, they will be able to tell you if the above really is what is going on.
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