I couldnt log into my origianl account as my email has changed, so I had to make a new account because I couldnt see an easy way way round this. Maybe the two accounts can be amalgamated somehow - but I dont know how.
Many years ago, despite not being a beginner/novice rider at the time I found lots of useful and helpful information on here - and now, years later and after considerable experimentation with a wide variety of horses, I am more educated for sure, but I like being a lifelong student so I look forwards to reading more again on here.
I can show you this for now = some Before and now horse photos this is Rafago in January 2017 when he arrived with me. He was given to me as a problem horse.
This is Rafago last month - March 2018. Of course he still has quite some way to go, but after some psycholgical work, some physical work, some body work he is improving.
He is rising 18 and is a well bred Spaniard who was in an unsuitable home, where he had become an angry biting and hostile to being asked to work kind of horse. The owners recognised they were not getting on well with him at all on so many levels, and they gave him to me. He will never be sold and he is a delight to work with now and is learning to lift his chest better and better.
Well, nice to have you back, Jacquie. Sometimes I wonder why people disappear, sometimes for a rather long time. Sorry about your having to go to the trouble to establish a new password-userID combination, but there is no other solution to it given the particular software we use to run this Forum. The software is just super in every other way, and that's why we stick with it.
As to your Spanish horse: yeah, nothing like a long old saggy back and being ridden all the time above the bit to make a horse cranky. You're doing very good work in getting him to raise the base of his neck and the center of his back, and the "after" photo is a nice example of the results that can be achieved.
Keep us posted with queries and reports of your progress, please. -- Dr. Deb
I am trying to gradually show Rafago how to lift and collect himself, - but as most of his work before he came to me was more like marathon running and aerobics training, this yoga and gymnastics is new to him!
Of course, he cannot go into high collection yet, having lived on his shoulders with a dropping back and flat pelvis for so long, but it is gradually getting easier for him to flex his hind leg joints, step underneath and lift his rib cage in between his shoulders for short periods. Here he is in Quarters In to help him learn how to use his inside hind leg and step under with his outside hind leg and raise up his shoulders.
I have been learning Equine Touch and this is helping him so much and I am using it as second confirmation to clarify what I am feeling while riding or working him