release the reins

anonymous asked:

It amazes me how Clinton Anderson's horses are that sensitive to the hands as Clinton jerks their mouth? I would've thought the horses mouth would become hard and would need to upgrade to a harsher bit because of poor hands.

“Hard mouths” are created when people use hard hards constantly, as in, they pull and hold onto the reins relentlessly without any release.  When using -R, a release of pressure communicates to the horse “that was the right behavior”.  When you don’t release your reins, your hand signals essentially becomes meaningless to your horse.  CA uses escalating pressure, hence why his horses are generally very quick to respond to the lightest of signals.  They are afraid of the consequences of NOT responding.

anonymous asked:

Do u know what makes me nervous while riding. My lesson horse which I also ride 2x a week outside of lessons is a chronic head tosser. He does it at the walk but stops at the trot and I don't canter outside of lessons lol timid rider. When we stop and give him the reins he instantly kicks out his leg and scratches his face. My trainer says that's just what he does but WHY. I want him to stop lmao I make him go forward and it helps but ugh. Sorry :( I need help

Haha i had a head tosser for years (Ice) so might actually be helpful

First eliminate what could be causing it. There’s a product called a nose net which can help if it’s allergies. It could be him trying to wrench the reins out of your hands, or maybe once had allergies and is now doing it bc he knows he gets release when he gets those reins away from you. In that case, then I’d be putting a monkey strap on the saddle and putting my hands through it and walking him around. Then when he attempts to pull the reins out of your hands he will just hit resistance/himself and he’ll learn to stop. I’d probably do both of those things at the walk, and just give him verbal praise when he’s not doing it. Also just do little bits of walk and then trot when you’ve managed to go a few steps without it, then back to walk - basically just doing short little bits of walk so he never has a chance to actually do it. it will also keep him thinking forward which will definitely help. the first reaction should be to get him back to being soft and that always requires forward. aka you feel him get strong on the reins then leg to push him back into that contact so he will soften into it and give.

re: the not cantering outside of lessons, maybe organise your rides when your instructor is riding so they can watch you and be there to help you if you get nervous. that’s definitely what i’ll be doing when i’m back on arthur.
Louis Walsh: “Simon Cowell has lost control of One Direction”
The veteran judge says he wouldn't let his band air their dirty laundry in public
By Zoe Shenton

Louis Walsh reckons Simon Cowell has lost control of One Direction following Louis Tomlinson’s recent Twitter spat with Naughty Boy.

Last week Louis and the music producer became embroiled in another a very public war of words, which eventually saw ex-band member Zayn also wade in.

Louis, who has managed some of the UK’s biggest bands, said he’d never let his own boy band HomeTown air their dirty laundry on social media.

“I would have given them a good b**locking – they would know never to do anything like that. I would probably sack them.”

He added: “You don’t air your dirty laundry in public. Simon made this band. They would be nowhere without Simon Cowell. Let’s get that straight. He put them together, he pressed the buttons, he made it happen. Without Simon they’d be nothing.”

The latest row prompted Zayn, who quit the band in March, to write to pal Louis: “Remember when you had a life and stopped making bitchy comments about mine?”

But while Walsh predicts the band will be together for another few years yet, he says X Factor boss Simon has “lost control”.

“I think he’s lost control of them and that’s what happens with bands. They get too big and don’t listen to anybody and then it’s all over, and then they think ‘why didn’t we listen?’.”

“Meanwhile Louis, who is working in partnership with the O2 to 'big people’ up, said he always listens to Simon if he needs someone to big him up and make him feel better.

“If it is management or professional advice Sharon Osbourne is very good because she’s always very blunt and very honest with me. Simon is always honest too and I talk to Simon an awful lot.”

It is proposed that trainers continuously test for self-carriage by completely releasing the reins or taking the legs away from the horse’s sides for two steps in the walk and trot and two strides in the canter and gallop.  In this short time-frame, the horse should not loose gait, rhythm, tempo, line, straightness or head-carriage.  We recommend the use of this technique (known as the German technique of Überstreichen) as the test of self-carriage in all movements and gaits where possible both in training and in the execution of dressage tests.  This would serve to lower behavior wastage in those horses that are held in forced frames rather than exhibiting correct learned responses.
—  Paul McGreevy & Andrew Mclean ~ Equitation Science