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knots in reins for dressage??...the final answer page 2

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  • #21
    The dressage clinician we ride with from Wellborn is the one that put it there, and suggests it for many of his students. It was nothing short of miraculous for me.

    It helped having a cooperative horse and cooperative spouse to get the pics. Mr. Bensmom held the camera for me and I told him when to push the button and take the pic. Digital cameras are cool. We had also promised Ben a cookie if he'd stand quietly. Works everytime

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    • #22
      Hey!! After I read about your "Magic Rope" trick I went and tried it w/ my greeny TB.

      It worked wonders!!! No more head tossing, pulling reins out of my hands, and it was much eaier to sit her very bouncey trot!! She felt much more balanced b/c she was more consistantly on the bit!!!!

      Kudos to you Bensmom!!

      Are you sure this thing's safe to play with?? I mean, it has big teeth, 4 legs, and a mind of its own!! (said to me by a non-horsey friend)
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      • #23
        Yay! But, I have to pass along the credit to my trainer, and the dressage clinician she has us ride regularly with -- I just wish it had been my idea!

        I am going to put a rope on my friend's saddle that I am using on the green TB monster and we'll see how it goes -- I found out that I can't grab mane on him and so I need something to grip if necessary -- of course, when I took him over ground poles this weekend, I was all prepared and tried to grab mane (which is how I found out that he feels the same way about that as he does about pulling his mane!) to steady myself in case he hopped over the pole and he could have cared less!

        I started him in hand over poles and x's and it appears that may pay off -- we were trotting single poles by the end of day Saturday

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        • Original Poster

          you can use them.

          I asked the TD first (Sam Dack, I believe). He laughed, said "Ponies!" and understood Completely why we would use them.

          At his suggestion we also checked with the President of the Ground Jury (Karen Winn) who, after laughing, thanked us for asking and said they were fine.


          • #25
            <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> started him in hand over poles and x's and it appears that may pay off -- we were trotting single poles by the end of day Saturday <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

            This definitely works!

            When I bought my horse, the woman I bought him from told me that she had sent him off to a jumper trainer who got into a big beef with him, and the then-four-year-old horse decided that he was never going to jump again. I mean, he wouldn't trot over a pole on the ground.

            I bought him anyway, and did the same thing you did. I led him over poles, I trotted with him on the ground over poles, jumped cross rails next to him, etc. This horse has refused to jump exactly one time, and that was early on, when I kind of lost it coming downhill to a vertical. I think he knew better than to jump the fence.

            It makes me wonder what this "trainer" did to turn the horse off to jumping.

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