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Jeannie
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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 09:26 pm
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Hi Dr Deb and all,
I have a photos that show. how Sevilla's muscular development has changed since I've been doing groundwork and body work, then starting to ride her the first of April. The first photo was February !0th, before we started

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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 09:46 pm
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This photo was taken August 30th.
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 Posted: Fri Sep 6th, 2019 09:53 pm
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This photo was taken July 27th, she can walk without the stringhalt very well now, the trot is much better as she is able to collect herself more. I'll try to get a trot photo in the future.

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 Posted: Sat Sep 7th, 2019 02:57 am
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Jeannie, thank you very much for posting these photos. They are proof positive of how much habitual crooked carriage influences the development as well as the symptoms of stringhalt, in terms of how severely it may manifest; and of what teaching the horse to carry itself and its rider straight, and to use its body properly including to collect properly, may do in terms of reducing or even completely eliminating stringhalt.

I have been saying this for years, ever since I had the opportunity back in the 1980's to observe a skillful rider work with a stringhalted horse. I say she was skillful; enough so that the horse came to be able to pass through corners in the arena without the hind leg jerking upward. But unfortunately that rider was not conscious of the fact that she was causing the horse, when in the corners, to carry itself straight -- so that when she left the corner to go down the long side, the horse would "escape" the straightness that the arc of the corner imposed on it, and go back to high-stepping behind. Further, this rider's ideas about collection were no more correct than the average dressage rider, so that there was too much shove-and-hold and not enough SELF carriage -- in other words, the horse continued to be out of balance from back to front and thus not only not quite straight on the straightaways but also not occupying its hind limbs enough with bearing weight. And it was not free to do that behind because, in her misunderstanding of contact (the same as almost all other dressage riders), this rider thought the horse should be made continually to take bigger hind steps than it offered on its own, that it should be made to move faster m.p.h. than was really comfortable, and that it should go with a braced back and neck -- three factors which totally prevent the horse from being able to coil its loins and thus unlock its stifles and hocks so as to be able to 'sit down' with each step.

I can only speak words of encouragement for you to continue, and I thank you also on behalf of the horse.

Very few people can ride well enough to produce such results. This is not because they are not capable of learning how; it is because they are not trying to learn how. And the reason they are not trying to learn how is that they have some other priorities, that they want to look like show riders or whatnot. But if they would learn how, and submit to learning how, they would find out that the "show" their horse then makes is the only show that ever had any real validity. Cheers -- Dr. Deb

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 Posted: Sat Sep 7th, 2019 02:25 pm
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Dear Jeannie: Nicely put together mare!
best
Bruce Peek

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 Posted: Sat Sep 7th, 2019 04:21 pm
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Thanks, Dr Deb, for the words of encouragement. She is a bright student who sometimes needs a little encouragement to take the first step of a new movement, then often offers to try that movement again.

The secondary result of working with her is that other riders at the barn have become interested in straightness, head twirling and collection after seeing how they can help a horse. I always have them read your Knowledge Base to get them started on understanding how and why working with horses this way works. I would like to see an improvement in the quality of horsemanship being practiced for the sake of horses, as I see far too many images/videos of horses being worked poorly, then riders applauding these results. I do think there is a grass roots movement afoot to bring back good riding, and each of us involved with horses can do what we can to help it grow.

Thanks, Bruce, I think Sevilla wants to start a Fierce Girls Can Club!

Jeannie
PS she has a quiet ride fly mask on in the riding photo, giving her head a different silhouette

Last edited on Sat Sep 7th, 2019 04:23 pm by Jeannie


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