I am getting ready to re-start my spanish gelding under saddle. He had been healing from a pasture injury. I have noticed he has a tendency to drop his back and not use it properly. I have started the shoulder-in on the rail and circle on the ground and he is doing well. His foot fall is supple and has good rhythm. What would be the best exercises to do for his back and neck. I do not want to ride him until i know he is ready for a rider’s weight. He is a very special and sensitive boy, and when i first started him he was just amazing. I don’t want to do anything too soon to lose his trust. Thank you for the generousity of your time and willingness to share.
I have a horse that I have been using your straigntness training techniques, and he is coming along beautifully. He is starting to develop a head tilt, with myself and other riders.
He literally will look like this: /
I am unsure how to proceed from here. I have tried different bits, had his ears and teeth checked, lowered my hands, raised the hands, etc, and nothing seems to work. He seems to do this as an escape, and nobody I have worked with can say how to fix it. How do I have a horse travel straight, when his head and neck are slightly twisted? Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated!
First of all, I love your explanations about Straightness Training. It`s so important for the horses health.
Now my question.
I got recently a 6 year old Frisian Mare, a big, sporty type (1,68 m at the withers and long long legs). She is not ridden much yet, and had a foal last year. Raina is uneven at her back. The left side seems to be lower than the right side.
When you sit on her, the saddle goes automatically to the left side, which causes problems for her and for me (i get also back pains on my left side).
I ordered an corrigation pad to rise the left side of the saddle, can you recommend this or would you like to build the muscles equally up before mounting her again?
She can`t step so much under with her left foot, it`s a different from nearly a hoof length. She seems to be stiff, has no happyness at work. Hardly to move forward. (in the past she was ridden with too short reins, so she has a wrong neck position)
I started with the Straightness training you explain, but it seems she does not progress, she just get tired. Can you give me some helpfull tips what I can do to come on the right way? How can I motivate her properly to like to bend and work. Is it ok to ride her, or would you just work with her from the ground?
A lot of questions…would love you come to Norway a time, so that we in the North can learn from you!