Firstly, as she is only a youngster, she needs to stretch her topline as she is developing the musculature to carry a rider. But she should be stretching when you allow it, not snatching the rein from you. Whatever you do, don't pull as the horse will always pull back and it is not a battle you're going to win. When you feel her start to snatch send her forward and close your fingers around the rein, using your seat to help block her pull. By using your seat I mean for you to use the muscles in your pelvic girdle. (Try it as you are sitting reading this). Pretend you have reins in your hand and close your fingers firmly together as if you were resisting a pull from the horse (not much power there huh!), now imagine that you are constipated (sorry but there is no better explanation) and you are trying to push a poo at the same time as closign your fingers firmly together. Feel the difference? So will the horse, but remember it is just a momentary squeeze, don't try and prolong it. Release your fingers immediately and reblock as necessary.
03 August 2008 16:10