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[RC] Equitation question - Beth Walker

Got a question for the equitators, especially those that also do dressage x-training. When doing training rides or at a ride, how much "frame" do you ask the horse to maintain -- none at all, just enough to keep from going inverted, or more?

I've just started my guy in (really basic) dressage lessons, mostly for the discipline. Right now we are working on teaching him to carry himself using his topline instead of going inverted -- he has a long-standing habit of that, as I knew just from looking at his neck muscles when I bought him. My inclination (and my instructors') is to ask for just enough so that he isn't inverted. He can have his nose poked out and even have his head up a bit - just as long as he isn't using his lower neck muscles. This is quite a bit less than we are working on in his lessons, but those only last an hour in a nice, flat arena. :)



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