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    Now I think I've heard everything !! Apart from...

    Now I think I've heard everything !! Apart from hearing of horses called Brats, Punks and Jerks

    Do folk on this thread actually like horses, or understand them ?
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    Thank you Mike.What a nice story.

    Thank you Mike.What a nice story.
  3. Did you see the manner in which most of the...

    Did you see the manner in which most of the horses were ridden in their warmups by very well known competitors. I'd be frightened too.
  4. " Once you know this you are close to knowing all...

    " Once you know this you are close to knowing all ".

    Lightness,always lightness ! this is the touchstone of all beautiful execution........Francois Baucher.
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    Standing and riding flexions

    Hello mbm,
    Because I am interested in this topic I participated in a thread on UDBB which you may find interesting too and useful as well.Here is the link...


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  6. Always difficult without seeing the horse and...

    Always difficult without seeing the horse and rider but from your description this problem likely can't be solved by changing bits. She needs to be made light in the mouth,first in-hand, and then...
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    Well, Beasmom, Gerd Heuschman is correct when he...

    Well, Beasmom, Gerd Heuschman is correct when he says the equine spine is not capable of much bend from the withers back. What appears to be bend is the result of an associated vertebral rotation...
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    Hello Mack, Molliwog gives you very...

    Hello Mack,
    Molliwog gives you very good advice, and particularly about the draw reins. This horse likely knows nothing about the aids, either hand or leg or seat and it's incumbent that...
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    Thank you Mike for putting this on. This is very...

    Thank you Mike for putting this on. This is very fine riding on a very well trained horse.
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    A few questions.

    Is your horse actually holding the bit clenched between it's teeth mainly on the left side or is it leaning more onto your left hand compared with your right? You say the horse is now off it's...
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    It's always interesting how confusing these...

    It's always interesting how confusing these movements can seem to be. First the simplification, there are only possible 4 lateral movements ,two which involve the shoulders and two which involve the...
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    Turn on the haunch

    Before one can advance a discussion what aids are you using to obtain your turn, say from a walk; and yes it can be done from the halt but it doesn't resemble a Western 'turnaround' or spin which is...
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    I can sympathise with you TTFN particularly with...

    I can sympathise with you TTFN particularly with the unpleasant experience of the bolting horse. Maybe it wasn't too broke? Bolters don't make good lesson horses. Best to try looking for another...
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    Well done. Some more thoughts from...

    Well done.
    Some more thoughts from B.C.....Each use of the hand has to be preceded by an action of the upper body. Otherwise you merely influence the horse's head. Follow your horse's mouth with...
  15. You asked..Now, can you elaborate on your saying...

    You asked..Now, can you elaborate on your saying not to canter for very long to the right once I've got it? Is it simply for repetition purposes?

    It's not the canter that determines...
  16. Straightness.

    You said.He is 4, nearly 17.2, short coupled, fairly balanced - does go more balanced to the left than the right but nothing overtly off-kilter to the right.


    You say he's only 4 years old...
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    Heavy Hands !

    This horse sounds to be frightened of heavy hands that have pulled on his mouth. His mouth must be made light again, as it was before he got pulled on, and one solution to this is to train the...
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    You said;.My trainer's philosophy on using the...

    You said;.My trainer's philosophy on using the flash is that it keeps the bit more 'still' in the mouth thus making the signals that the rider gives more clear.

    Like so many things...
  19. Some interesting answers to your question which I...

    Some interesting answers to your question which I think is a very good one if one thinks outside of the box. It depends upon which balance in the newly ridden horse one wishes to achieve from the...
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    Did you understand what your instructor was...

    Did you understand what your instructor was calling out.I didn't. What's this stuff about the outside shoulder up,back and then down to practise a half-halt on the outside rein? This horse knows...
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    Hello XRM, This might go over badly...

    Hello XRM,
    This might go over badly on this forum,and while it's very difficult to get specific on your particular horse without seeing him,almost all 'dressage' horses I see are both...
  22. Thank you Cowgirl,it is a very good article....

    Thank you Cowgirl,it is a very good article. Merrygoround must have skipped over all the comments made by K.K. about seat bones and balance.
  23. Left sided horse

    Hello Wildwest,
    I'll bet your problem is simply that your horse is hollow left (left sided). Almost all horses are and that's why you can get the left canter but not the right....
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    Nothing artificial about the sliding stop in a...

    Nothing artificial about the sliding stop in a reining horse,Poltroon. There's no difference in the movement between a large or a smaller horse and yes a 'dressage' horse will slide just the same....
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    Collected stops.

    As long as the horse has been trained in collection then the application of both rider's legs well behind the girth, during the stop, will bring the horse's hind legs under it and it will stop with a...
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