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I am having trouble finding a bit for my horse. I just bought a 5 year old Thoroughbreed Mare. At the canter she does this weird thing with her head, where she lifts it and turns it in. I had this very good trainer watch me and she said it was nothing with my seat, balance, or inter-ference. I know I have soft hands so I know i'm not hanging on her. Her teeth have been done recently and I've been working on leg yeilds with her for bending and balance. I just can't seem to find a bit. I've been riding her in a snaffle, I've tried some others but can't fine the one thats for her... I used to use a rubber bit on my first horse, also a mare who needed soft hands.. But before I went out and bought one I wanted to know if there was any others I should concider.
I am desperate to say the least....so I am open for any suggestions!!! I have a beautiful, talented Andalusian mare. She is 7 years old. She lives outside, plenty of time to play and have fun. We have been doing pretty good with our training, she is a bit marish and opinionated, but for the most part, I could handle her. To make a long story short, when she doesn't want to work, she will kick out and try to rear, but once you convince her to go, there she kind of goes "ok, alright... I go". She had the winter off, and I started her back in the spring. I put her on Regumate because last year, before we had to go to a clinic or a lesson, I saw that by giving her regumate 10 days before the event, she was awesome!! So.... the first clinic of the year comes, so I started her on Regumate, she was doing great, we needed to work on a few things but she was responsive. We go to the clinic, and all hell breaks loose (The clinic happened at my trainer's barn. This is a barn where my…
I've only had my gelding, Gideon, for about three weeks. Before he came into my posession, he was a "pasture pony" for six months. Previous to being a lawn ornament, he had been ridden English style and taught the basics of Dressage, but was never shown. I've ridden him about 10 times now. I work him almost every day in the round pen for at least 20 minutes before riding. Recently he has been rearing when I ask him to bend, slow down, come away from the rail, etc. Rearing doesn't scare me, I know how to handle myself, but I worry that one wrong step could put him off balance and he'll flip backwards. I ride strictly with a bridle and saddle, no martingale. He's reared in total a dozen times, spaced out on two different days. I checked his saddle to be sure the cinch wasn't too tight, and I stretched out his legs as well. I use a snaffle bit, the same that he's always been ridden with, and I checked to make sure it wasn't too tight. I even take extra care to check his hooves and…
Any thoughts, opinions, reviews on the Free Jump System? They are basically stirrup irons with a single branch (open on the outside like a peacock iron with no band) combined with a clip that attaches to the sole of your boot. (You have to get the hooks attached to the boot by a bookmaker) The clip functions like that of a bike pedal clip and releases in the event that you fall. It otherwise helps you keep your stirrups if you get left behind or popped out of the saddle over a fence. I have considered buying them in the past, but I don't know if it would be worth it having never ridden in them. You can view them here: http://www.parlanti.com/en/modello/22
How do i keep my heels down, leg back, and sit the canter at the same time? My feet are always coming out of the stirrups if a sit the canter, when i push them down, i start to bounce? Also, when i push my heels down and sit the canter, my legs are coming out from under me and sticking out in front? Could anyone give me advice on what to do?