This video is about Correcting the overflexion in the horse’s neck.
Good morning, this is Will Faerber from Art2Ride and we are looking at Karen Loshbaugh riding our new project horse, who is still unnamed! We are still looking at names for him!
We are about two weeks into this project and as you can see when you compare this to our first frames that we did of the horse, he now looks like he is moving pretty much consistently on both sides. There is no dropping of his hips anymore or losing the back end and he is starting to work through his back! We can still see from having been draw reined in his life that he still wants to crimp over the neck just a little bit, but the neck is starting to get out longer and longer all the time.
We can see he has got more swing in his back …
There is solid reasoning for stretching (long and low, down and forward). To begin the development of the topline a horse needs to be able to counterbalance the riders weight and the lack of development in his back by lowering the neck. Once the horses neck is lowered (not forced or pulled down, and with a light positive contact) it’s back will lift and you will see the stomach muscles engage and the horse’s hind legs will begin the reach deeper underneath .
It is the beginning of the gymnastically improving the horses gaits and way of going. Our FEI horses that have advanced enough that they don’ t need the stretching as a gymnastic exercise as much as a release for the muscles that may become fatigued from carrying themselves in collection and also as a reward for a job …