I have a horse that tends to go behind the vertical. It hurts me, it gives me gray hair and it makes the training extremely difficult.
We all know that it is not correct when the horse goes behind the vertical, avoids the bit and are curling. But what is it in the training that causes this to happen? There are a lot of horses working like this.
We often see really good horses in the championships for young horses doing it. We see the jumpers do it and we see horses do it for the Olympics and World Cup dressage. But it is still not correct and we all know that.
Often it happens with hot, very forward going and nervous horses. Many times the horse begins to do this because the rider holds back with a hard hand. Or the young horse has been trained with tight side reins. It can also happen for horses who are ridden with draw reins. Or for horses that are being ridden with leverage bits or very thin bits. But it can also happen because people do not understand the importance of getting the horse to work over its back. In the beginning of the training the horse must learn to stretch down and out.
I would like to tell you when I use work in hand and for what reason
When autumn and thus the rain comes, I can have periods where I only work the horses in walk. The arena can simply get too wet to do much more than walk work. Then I often do work in hand with the horses.
I also work the horses in hand if I'd like to have trained all four horses, but don't have that much time. It's quick to put on a bridle and then go out and get them to work over their back for 4-10 minutes.
It is to teach the horse to work properly over its back. This means that the horse must learn to work with its back up/lifted.
The strange thing is if you search on the internet, there isn't really much to find on the subject. And often when you finally find a good text about it, the pictures do not fit. At least not in the way I would expect it should look like.
Hello my Name Is Linda.
I'm living on the island Møn, with my husband Palle and our 4 horses.
I am approved Art2Ride trainer and on my blog I will write about this training. I will illustrate this with my husbands amazing pictures and videos.
Hope you will find the page interesting, enjoy.