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Date:4/21/2014 7:09:29 AM
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Hi Sweet Pea, here's a vote for ya. Well the cold and the winds still pervail to no end! It might have made it to about 30F, but the windchill was at 16F, and now it's like 20 with 8F, can't stand it, where's spring! Anyhow, went down to Paige today, she was good to an extent! She was having a bad mare day! Just didn't want to get off my leg and lope properly, just wanted to lumber along! I don't think so, so Karen took over and had a discussion with her. She came around, guess it was just a bad mare day! LOL! Love ya, Marion and the blondies.
Okay here we go. Okay with Paige, number one, she's bred to carry herself like that. By that I mean, she's got really great comformation, her neck ties in the proper place on her shoulders, she has a long thin neck with a clean throat latch, she short backed and a long hip. That will make her carry herself properly alone.
We ride in a slow twist snaffle most of the time for training, it's a very mild snaffle but with just a little bit if needed. He show bit is a baby corrector mouthpiece. As for the western bit, yes that will be the bit to work in after you have her moving better in the snaffle. As for the straight bar western bit, there's very little room for tongue relief, it's always putting pressure on her tongue and the bars of her mouth. I hate, hate tom thumbs, they are the most severe western type bit you can put in a horse's mouth. It's a nut cracker with shanks and can pinch a horses tongue really bad! A hackamore you can't ask for lift, and that's what gets the horse up off the front end and to round their back. Sweet Pea has learned to travel like she does with her head up and back hollow and don't know anything else. You have to start all over with her. And it could take a year to really accomplish. And it all starts at the walk, when it's solid there, then and only then move onto the jog or trot, and of course much later will be the lope or canter. I wish I lived closer, I could see if she could do this, it could be her build. But all horses, learn to collect, it takes a long long time. Good luck.
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