My horse is so bad at bending and refuses to listen to my leg! and when I ask him for a trot or canter he just refuses to do it no matter how much I squeeze him. Any advice ? Please help me.
Have you had the saddle checked? If it pinches the horse will be reluctant to go.
I cant decide between a trace clip and a hunt clip for my thoroughbred who works consistantly 4-5 days a week in a stall at night and field during the day. Opinions?
Depends on whether he sweats a lot and if he keeps condition on him. The more hair he has the warmer he will be which will stop him losing weight. Rugs aren't as good as the horses own hair. I normally blanket clip my Dressage mare. She hates her back being cold and I find she goes much better with the heat on her back. I know I could just use a quarter sheet but I can't use it in competition. She's not a big sweater and I've only got an outdoor arena so she appreciates the bit of extra warmth.
My horse bobs his head during the canter. He is still pretty green and not as conditioned as other horses. Anything we can do to steady his head?
When the horse is working better from the hind end this will stop. Under paced and weak horses tend to do it. Make sure he's going forward and engaged.
My 16 years old TB is competing at Elementary dressage and I feel that he is battling with the physical demands. Is it selfish to get a new partner due to restrictions placed on my career
Have you had a physio look at him? I know horses who have done Grand Prix Dressage at 20! Know another who only started elementary dressage at 17yrs. He gets regular physio and backman sessions to keep him supple enough. As a dressage rider I know exactly what's involved and there's nothing very difficult at elementary level. I find back on track and magnetic rugs and boots make a huge difference.
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