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I have a great Dutch Warmblood, who was very well trained, he injured his leg, and was off for some time...now back in the saddle and doing so well, he still insists on having his head behind the verticle from having worn side reins for so long. It is such a shame....He is beautiful, floats at the trot....but then tucks his head in....he needs to develop more muscle in the neck and learn how to carry his head...what I have been doing, is riding on a looser rein...giving him a gentle leg aid to go forward then slowly take up the rein..even if I have to hold it higher for him to feel somewhat comfortable and relaxed and not go into the tucked in mode..when he starts to do so...I repeat again...am I doing this right? does anyone have any other suggestions? this guy will do anything for you..he hadnt been ridden in 3 years...he'll go to the end of the world..and is a really smart horse...I just want to make sure I am doing the right thing....I dont need to put him in a frame this…
In my dressage test the judge left a comment saying that when my horse took into the canter transitions she was "quite on forehand". How can I get my horse to work more off her hindquarters? And just to state, she's still very green and hasn't been taught how to use her hind end very well. What excersises can I use to build her hind quarters and make her move more off them?