Friday, June 10, 2016

One sided stiffness in the driving horse

Horses seem to be stiff on one side or the other. Sometimes when we get one side soft and flexible, they then struggle on the other side. It is very important to remember to do all initial training at a walk and not to try it trotting until the horse is soft at the walk. I like to walk them collected and  up in the bridle, yet flexing from left to right and do this again and again without the nose popping back out. There are other ways to get them soft. If I am really struggling, I will round pen with them tied back to one side only to help get them accepting my "ask" in the cart. Treasure was soooo stiff to the right that we thought at one time that there was something physically wrong, but she is improving with leaps and bounds.

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