Long Lining Exercises
and Long Lining
Held in an open round pen with horses nearby in pastures, grazing, racing around.
Entire lesson was 30 minutes.
I carried the surcingle and bridle out to the round pen so that I could tack Sherlock up after he was warmed up.
All of the head handling lessons have paid off.
This is his first bridling and I felt like I was bridling an old pro.
I took my time, he was relaxed, all went well.
Tacked Up: Walk
When I send him out at the walk, I keep things very low key so he can gradually get used to the girth pressure from the surcingle.
He starts out with a low head which means he is a bit tired but also very relaxed with his new tack.
Tacked Up: Trot 1
When I push him up to a trot, he remains relaxed, in fact, a bit too relaxed as his hindquarters are very inactive with no reach so this causes his back to hollow somewhat.
This is more like a lazy jog which has its advantages too - calm!
Tacked Up: Trot 2
When I push him on a little, he starts reaching with his legs more which results in a more balanced horse.
His head has lowered just a little and his back has rounded just a bit.
Tacked Up: Trot 3
When I tell him "eeeeasy", he reduces the energy of his trot, lowers his head and really uses his head and neck as a reaching forward balancing arm.
Tacked Up: Canter
Because the work has been so calm and relaxed, when I ask for a canter, my heart sings.
This calm, balanced canter is a good sign.
When I stop Sherlock, he senses that I am pleased.
He turns as if to say "Did I do good?"
Yes, Good Boy!
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