Q - Hi persianhorse, about that question i asked on the other very long thread and then sort of forgot about it....so sorry.
i asked for tips on getting my mare better balanced going downhill.
and you said
Susan in Greece : I will do my best and up to my knowledge .
1- Do you have a round PEN? If not a place with 5 inch of cushion for schooling and about 20 meters in diameter?
2- Do you have a pair of long lines?
3- Do you have 2nd rider to help you sometimes?
4- How old is your MARE?
1. i'm afraid no round pen or schooling area at all
2. sorry no,
3. yes (phew)
4. she's 6
i'm curious about what you are going to suggest
A - If you want to know it deep by measurement and see how fast is your horse is improving Please read the POSTS I POSTED IN THE THREAD (WHY MY HORSE IS WALKING SIDEWAYS?) I
EXPLAIN SOME MEASUREMENTS ABOUT THE PLACE OF THE HIND WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR THE HIND TO LAND , AND THE SADDLE PUNCHES YOU IN WHERE YOUR LEGS ARE JOINED UNDER YOUR BELLY.MAKE THESE MEASUREMENTS BEFORE YOU START.
YOU NEED 2 LONG LINES WHICH WONT CUT THE HIND LEGS OF THE HORSE (ONE OF THE ROPES IS CALLED THE BUTT ROPE THE ONE WHICH IS ALWAYS ON AND AROUND THE HIND LEGS.You have to get the 2 long ropes they are the main tool for bringing the horse on his hinds.
I have to go I explain more latter but definitely find the long lines it is crucial for this schooling and many other thing in future you will need them.
Do not make things hard for yourself.
1- Just saddle the horse.
2- Close the stirrups together under the horses belly so they stand still.
3- Put one end of the rope to the (D ring) if you have a western hackamore better.
4- The ropes will go inside the stirrups .
5- Stand at one point and the other two ends of the ropes are in your hands.
6- One of the ropes the out side one (THE BUTT ROPE) WILL TOUCHES SLIGHTLY ON THE HORSES HIND ABOVE THE HOCKS WHERE IT IS CURVED INSIDE.
7- JUST DO NOTHING FOR SOME TIME AND SEE WHAT IS THE REACTION OF THE HORSE.
8- HORSES WHICH HAVE NOT EXPERIENCED THE BUTT ROPE AND IT IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE ROPE IS TOUCHING THEIR HINDS THEY WILL BUCK FOR SOME TIME THIS IS GOOD DO NOT WORRY.
9- AFTER SOME BUCKING THE HORSE WILL COME TO A STAND STILL POSITION AND THIS IS GOO FOR THE 1st DAY OF SCHOOLING THE 1st DAY IS JUST TO SHOW THE HORS THE ROPES AND FEELING THE BUTT ROPE (FEELING THE BUT ROPE IS VERY MUCH CRUCIAL) THE STATE OF WALKING OF YOUR HORSE WILL CHANGE FOR GOOD TO WARDS BETTER TOWARD BRINGING THE HINDS UNDER TO WARDS THE HORSE TO WALK ON LEGS AND NO PRESSURE ON HANDS ANY MORE.
10- THE SECOND SESSION JUST WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU LOUNGE A HORSE BUT THIS TIME WITH 2 ROPES AND A ROPE ON THE BUTT (WALK ONLY AND A STEP TO THE BACK AND CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THE CIRCLE.
11- DOING THE No:10 FOR SOME DAYS PUT A RIDER ON AND BRING THE BUTT ROPE AROUND AND STAND TO THE SIDE OF THE HORSE HEAD (THE ROPE NOW IS STARTING ON THE OTHER SIDE INSIDE THE STIRRUP OF THE OTHER SIDE AROUND THE HINDS (BUTT) AND INTO YOUR HAND NOW YOU PUT THE PRESSURE ON THE BUTT ROPE AND THE RIDER HOLD THE HORSE SO IT WONT GO FORWARD THEN THE RIDER SLIGHTLY RELEASES THE PRESSURE AND YOU PUT ON THE PRESSURE ON THE BUTT ROPE SO THE HORSE GOES ONE STEP FORWARD AND YOU DO THIS AROUND A CIRCLE AND CHANGE SIDES (ONE THE LEFT SIDE IS INSIDE THE OTHER THE RIGHT IS INSIDE).
WITHE DOING THIS YOUR HORSE WILL BE ON HINDS LIKE A BLINK OF AN EYE.
IF YOU HAVE ANY ? I WILL BE GLAD TO ANSWER.
IF YOU DO THIS PROPERLY THE CONFORMATION OF YOUR HORSE WILL BE CHANGED IF NOT I WILL LEAVE THIS (IHDG) FOR GOOD.
THE STATE OF YOUR HORSE IN DOWN HILL , UP HILL ON WALK AND EVERYTHING ELSE WILL CHANGE AND DO NOT SAY I CAN NOT DO IT.
PLEASE DO NOT MIX THE LONG LINING WITH LUNGING (LUNGING HORSES IS BAD BECAUSE IT PUTS THE HORSE OFF BALANCE AND LONG LINING PUTS THE HORSE ON COLLECTION , LEGS UNDER AND BALANCE).
Everything works well when the Horse has learned Collection this is so Important for the Horse and the rider.Please don't believe those whom would say only those should learn COLLECTION that they do Dressage I call these people the Enemy of the Horse & Rider.