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  1. #61
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    Nov. 23, 2001
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    Excellent.... It surely requires patience on your part and the fact that you could see she was going to "hit a wall" with the side reins and backed off was great.

    Itty bitty steps and you seem to have a great eye for that, so trust your intuition.

    As they say "Rome wasn't rebuilt in a day".



  2. #62
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    Apr. 10, 2003
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    Southern Pines, NC
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    Default Try double lunging

    I haven't had time to read this enetire thread, but I've done a fair amount of retraining problem horses. I prefer to first fix all the body problems and then start with ground exerces - working off a halter - leading over rails in various patterns, than working them over rails with a short lunge line, then lunging, and finally double lunging -first off a halter, and gradulally introducing a bit that fits the shape of their mouth. When they can comfortably walk, trot, and canter, and spiral in and out, and work over ground rails on the double lunge, I start with short periods of mounted work - just like starting a young horse. Forget "dressage" until your horse is totally comfortable and thoroughly trusts you and your soft aids.
    Equestrian art is closely related to the wisdom of life - Alois Podhajsky



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