Training question

Training question

Post by Sue Littlefiel » Fri, 04 Jun 1999 04:00:00


> [snip]
> she really drops her inside shoulder and leans in around
> them, no matter how much I try to balance her up.

It sounds to me like she clearly remembers the pressure of
her career, and runs the turns like the clock is ticking.
However, her dropping her shoulder is a technique they learn
so that they can "cheat" the corners, just like a barrel horse

Bill said (stuff that I agree with except as noted):

> T'he best thing that I know that helps with the diving on corners is Large
> Circles ... done at a  fast canter ... keep her going.

Yes, keep her going and don't, under any circumstances, bend
enough to encourage her to drop her inside shoulder at first.

  Do this in both

> directions.  Then what I do to change this up is to shrink the circle and slow
> the canter.

Yes, all the while making sure she never drops that shoulder.
If she does, lift her severely with your inside leg and
indirect rein. It could be, that she simply isn't supple
or strong enough to hold the curve right now, so she drops
her shoulder to spare her back and sides.
Extra suppling (with extreme bends, not mild ones) work at
a walk and trot would be warranted, just so that you =knew=
that she was capable and comfortable holding the bends. Most
horses either drop a shoulder because of fatigue, or sourness.
Either way, you have to be sure they are capable of physically
holding the bend. I find that my horses will drop a shoulder
more frequently the more tired they are, so to me, that's a
pretty good clue.

>  If she is diving on the smaller circles take her out to the bigger
> circles at a fast canter.  You will have to use your indirect rein and inside
> leg to begin but as you work the horse this goes away.

Yea, it should, providing, as mentioned earlier, that the horse
truly is supple and strong enough to comfortably hold and
self-carry through the bend.

Sue Littlefield