• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Green bean stiff, tense, rushing at trot

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Green bean stiff, tense, rushing at trot

    I am just getting underway with my super cute new greenbean Lipizzan mare. She's so willing and sweet and such an awesome mover.

    We are slowly working our way up the training scale, and our first little road block is some intense stiffness and rushing at the trot. She is very fluid and relaxed and reaches into the contact at the walk, and surprisingly balanced at the canter.

    She has a very high head set (like a friesan) with an extremely muscular neck. The problem, I think, is that the majority of her neck muscling is in the bottom of her neck. She is built like a pulling horse...when she goes into her trot she SPRINGS along I think she uses her neck muscles to balance herself at the trot.

    So the issue...we will be in a nice, relaxed, swinging walk...we go into the trot and she immediately jets into warp speed under neck muscles engaged...giving me a very pretty...but verrryyy tense trot. She resists lateral flexion and even shakes her head...because i think it is just sooo hard for her. She accepts contact but doesn't reach for it. She will just flex her chin in with her neck still way up in the air.
    My question is: i've never ridden a horse with this much tension before, and i'm having trouble relaxing her. She struggles doing even large circles because she's so stiff and bending is a real struggle. How can I begin to help supple her and re-build that upside down neck?
    I just really want her to streettchhh...and she's not following my steady contact. My suspicion is that the tempo needs to be slowed, but she reaches so nicely under herself in the fast, forward trot...and in photos she looks brilliant...but the feel doesn't match the look....she is just posing and not releasing her back.

    Still shot: http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h3...36539617_n.jpg

    ideas?

  • #2
    ok, slow down lol!

    how old, how much time under saddle, with who and do you have video?

    honestly she sounds like a greenie that hasn't learned how to balance under a rider yet - so nothing to worry about it just takes time...

    a youngster can NOT stretch until they can balance under a rider in normal gaits with their head/neck up in normal position....

    are you working with a trainer?

    ok, i found your other post about that she just got back from 30 days with a cowboy.

    my honest suggestion will be: find a trainer to help you. it will just be a lot easier for you and your lovely mare.

    Comment


    • #3
      oh and remember the scales go:

      forward/rhythm/regularity/relaxation
      lateral flexibility/bending/connection/
      then stretching....

      Comment


      • #4
        How does she do on the longe line?

        It is definitely a balance issue but she needs to build her strength to balance correctly. If she cannot stretch down on the longe line yet, she may need to go back and do some work there first. Clearly you need to get her under neck muscle to atrophy and she needs to develop a top line. This is hard to do if she keeps taking the same habitual posture in the trot. So you might want to do some work on the longe using a vienna (sliding) longe rein to encourage her to lengthen her neck and lift her back. Spiraling in and out on the longe helps to make this happen.

        Once you have broken her habitual pattern of movement and posture on the longe, it will be easier for her to gain the strength and balance necessary for a rider.
        "Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain" ~Friedrich Schiller

        Comment


        • #5
          i would not be worrying about her neck muscles at this time. they will sort themselves out over time as she develops.

          what is more critical is for the OP to find a good trainer to work with. Proper training of a greenie isn't hard but it isn't intuitive either.

          agree on lunging, and i would lunge each time before getting on to get the mare to be supple and working well before the rider gets on.

          Comment


          • #6
            How can I begin to help supple her and re-build that upside down neck?
            Longe
            Lunge
            Lounge? - sure, whynot a bit of relaxation is always beneficial

            Comment

            • Original Poster

              #7
              Couldn't agree more about needing my trainer. She is coming out in the beginning of December...but money is a bit tight for us at the moment so unfortunately until after the holidays I'm stuck without much in the way of instruction . I lunge her before every ride...she actually works better in donut side reins then Vienna reins and will somewhat stretch (resists Vienna reins). She also does well with no side reins, but with me asking her to spiral out on the lunge while asking for flexion pushing her out on the circle....she will reach fdo without any side reins at all...from the act of moving out on the circle...think I actually just had a lightbulb moment...spiral circles under saddle will probably help

              Comment


              • #8
                I suspect you are asking for more than your mileage, and her state of development are ready to handle. Longe her in the donuts, and ride her in rising trot with light contact. Do not ask for round!
                Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.

                Remember the horse does all the work, we just sit there and look pretty.

                Comment


                • #9
                  This is completely normal IME with lippies. Ill post some suggestion in a bit but want to chime in Breathe, it's ok. There's nothing wrong with her.
                  www.destinationconsensusequus.com
                  chaque pas est fait ensemble

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Does she line drive or long line? I've found that's a good way to get them in my hands without the need to balance a rider. Could be helpful.
                    Ride like you mean it.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by PiberFever17 View Post
                      Couldn't agree more about needing my trainer. She is coming out in the beginning of December...<snip> I lunge her before every ride...
                      Take your time
                      When your trainer arrives, do just lunge lessons - spend 4-6 weeks correcting her muscling/carriage on the lunge (it's unparalelled as you can watch her every move), then start back under saddle with your trainer watching you & her

                      You can do alot of ground work, hand-walking her up/down/angleways/sideways on hills/slopes, over poles, off property (use this an an excellent time to desensitize her to dogs & joggers & cyclists & whatever comes your way), explore some agility training (if you think you'll be bored not riding) ...

                      Comment

                      • Original Poster

                        #12
                        I know nothing is wrong with her...just seeing if anyone had any useful suggestions. Love her to bits and pieces and think she's just incredible and sweet!

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          The pix you posted does not show a horse which is too high but rather too closed (in the throat latch). The neck should be rather high (mouth around the point of the hip), but the horse free to meet the hand. Longitudinal flexion (aka being on the bit) comes later (and should rarely be 'at the vertical).

                          When riding a greenie the rider MUST sustain the proper tempo, SPEED is the ENEMY of impulsion, and that is not only a problem for joints (hocks) but also for balance. The horse contracts rather than stays open/into the hand. It is a fine line finding the right tempo. Active enough that the horse in motion stays in motion without learning to stop/lessen (w/o repeated actions of the leg), yet slow enough to allow a swinging back/relaxation.

                          So the RIDER must POST SLOWER to allow the proper tempo. When you do that the horse WILL open the throatlatch (when you lunge COUNT) and then do that SAME TEMPO when you are riding.

                          Also, realize that although the horse can relax in the walk (an earthbound gait) does not mean they will do so in the other gaits, exp the trot. And, if you follow the training scale it is lateral suppleness (ie large circles at this point) which allows for the horse to 'come into the outside rein'. And when that happens it is the beginning bit acceptance (rather than precipitious longitudinal flexion to the vertical or shortened). And ONLY from that will the horse 'chew the reins from the hand'/extend the neck (aka 'stretch'). The building of the these topline muscles (in front of the shoulder and the ones that 'hold the saddle' (behind the scapula) should EASILY appear within the first three months if the riding is correct.

                          Horses will ALWAYS use the neck as a 'balancing rod', it is up to the rider to understand how what they do (in training) effects the entire horse.

                          HOW are you asking for lateral flexibility (merely lifting the inside rein a inch? or turning the 'key in the lock' by turning the thumb out? or by making closed hand? or by an opening rein (early on) OR is it only when the horse is too compressed?)?
                          Have you started 'only' by riding whole arena with very shallow corners (three lightly bending strides)? Large circles? Realize if the horse is over tempo they WILL have problem, fall over the outside shoulder, etc.

                          I do not see an upside down neck at all. Go back to riding whole arena, slow your posting tempo (do not follow her, but set the tempo according to that which allowed fdo while lungeing). Esp a growing horse may lose its balance day to day.

                          When lunging first do so w/o sr until the horse seeks fdo. When using s.r. use them (regular ones set high enough/not low/no vienna reins (which are meant for work in hand for piaffe)) in TROT only. Then again, stretching w/o them at the end.

                          The training scale is: rhythm (pue gaits/steady tempo/which allows relaxation (a swinging back); suppleness (lateral flexibility allows for eventual longitudinal flexion); contact (flexion according to the level); impulsion (active lifting and placing of the hindlegs); straightness (ability to control/place the shoulders); and collection (amplitude).

                          Do you do any work in hand?

                          Also, I would move the saddle slightly back and would carry the hands a little higher as well.
                          Last edited by ideayoda; Nov. 19, 2012, 01:36 PM. Reason: forgot something
                          I.D.E.A. yoda

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Lunging is great, but i will say when you ride her don't ask for so much contact. In the photo she seems to be hollowing in her back so you can see she is tense. I'd ask for a long and low frame, think hunter type to help start building the correct muscling and getting her to relax. Overtime you can pick her up more and more. Right now work on the forward into a nice long rein with a light contact and not ask for a 1st level frame, more a intro level.
                            Horses aren't our whole life, but makes our life whole

                            Comment

                            • Original Poster

                              #15
                              "I do not see an upside down neck at all. "

                              It's not apparent because of the way she is carrying herself in this photo...but she has one of the most upside down necks i've ever encountered.

                              Thanks for the well thought out post...lots to think about there.

                              I don't currently do any work in hand, but I am going to give long lining a try and see how we make out.

                              Comment


                              • #16
                                From the picture I would already say to put your hands more forward and make sure you are not interupting the strides by "keeping" like you would a big forward mover. Soft hands but closer towards the mouth while warming up if that head stays up. Its ok to go a little wide and down to educate but maintain your own seat at the same time.

                                Its okay to sit a bit more "interested" in stretching IMO. If you sit really posturific it could be a bit backwards in the hand/seat if the horse doesnt understand longer in front of the saddle connection.

                                Many will argue here but thats what I see good trainers doing with these horses so its my own idea of correct to start Mine is currently riding an Andy mare and she insisted upon a longer neck but not by throwing the reins at her but shorter contact in warmup until the horse is really starting to stretch down then letting them out and sitting straighter.
                                ~~Member of the TB's Rule Clique ~~
                                http://www.off-breed-dressage.blogspot.com/

                                Comment

                                Working...
                                X