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7/2010 Debbie McDonald, 4th/S/Medium Level, Keeping the horse steady in the contact while you work on activity

Debbie focuses the ride on getting the horse more steady in the contact. When they work on the canter pirouette she makes sure that the rider keeps the horse soft in the bridle during the movement.

Video Description

Debbie explains that when the horse feels stuck, to let go with the hand and push forward with the leg to get him more steady in in the hand to the bridle, if it doesnt work, then you let go and repeat the process again. They work shoulder in and haunches in. Emphasizing that you must soften and give the rein once you get what you want. They play with schooling the canter pirouette. Much emphasis is on soften the horse in the hand, while continuing to demand activity and quickness.

How to Get Your Horse Lighter in the Bridle and Reduce Heaviness in the Hand
An issue many riders deal with at all levels and stages of training non dependent on the age of the horse. If your horse leans on the bridle or is heavy in the hand, making you feel like your carrying a freight train, these videos will prove very helpful