Do I work my horse in a wrong way?
When we get into training with our horses or horse stops, you can not help thinking about something wrong with the way you ride and train your horse. Or, at least, I think about it. And in fact, in most cases there is something wrong.
There are very few horses you see that have a strong and healthy upper line
Among the riding horses it is extremely rare to see a horse with a strong top line. Those you see are usually not trained very much. Even competition horses on a high level, you should preferably not look at without a saddle on their backs.
But what are we doing wrong
First, the horse should be started with a year of training from the ground before anyone sat up on it. When we sit on a horse that does not have a strong upper line, it happens that the horse's back gives in to the rider's weight. It lowers your back. This is very uncomfortable for the horse as the thorns come dangerously close to each other. To prevent this, the horse in the back tightens the muscles.
Unfortunately, the horse's back muscles are not meant to lift, they are meant to carry the movement through the body. That's why we end up sitting on a horse with our backs hanging between hips and withers. Although the horse tries to lift the back, the only thing that happens is that the back muscles are tense.
It is the horse's abdominal muscles that should lift the back so that the thorns do not get closer together. This is something we will have to teach the horse to do before we set it up.
Few people spend enough time from the start
Few people spend the time needed at the beginning to strengthen the horse's upper line. What unfortunately happens when we ride horses without a strong upper line is that the horse has no ability to carry its movement throughout the body. The movement breaks where the rider is located.
The horse should like to be able to move its front and rear parts synchronously with each other. When we break this, then we see, among other things, Icelanders who can't walk or trot clean, dressage horses who walk in steps, trot the tract and gallop four-stroke. Jumping horses that have difficulty in boom work, tempo jumping, jumping flat, etc.
There will be training problems like that the horse will not bend, restlessly in the mouth, stiff, tense and much more. Or the horse is having health problems.
We must teach the horse to use itself properly
Since the horse is not built for us to ride it, it is imperative that we teach it how to do it. And how do you do that?
We must teach the horse to move in a way where the vertebrae in the back remain separated. You must therefore teach the horse to move with the back lifted.
However, I have written that the back muscles are not intended to lift, but that it is the abdominal muscles that must handle this task. We must therefore have the horse to work in a way where the vertebrae are spread, while we are training the abdominal muscles. The abdominal muscles must be so strong that they can keep the back lifted. This is trained by making the horse stretch as deeply as possible while making it work actively forward.
We must extend the muscles in the top line
By letting the horse work in the above manner we will make the horse extend all the muscles in the top line. And every time the horse takes a step in this way it will strengthen its abdominal muscles. Over time, the horse will become so strong in the abdominal muscles that it has the ability to keep its back up, even if there is a rider. And later, when the horse gets better to step under, it will be able to move in a higher position without lowering its back.
Rome was not built in one day
But Rome was not built in one day. This takes a long time. If you have never practiced gymnastics and decide to learn to split, you do not do that from one day to another.
For the sake of the horse
We owe our horses, who are definitely not old when they are sixteen or, for that matter, twenty years old, to help them have a healthy and long career.
They do everything for us, most often even when they are in pain.