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Lyndsey,Yes I know what you mean about the closed throat latch but the work is so soft that I dont really mind that, I know that BB gets his horses working more 'up' so this may just be a stage. I mean laterally rather than curled up, the bend is not from behind the shoulder so is not fully from poll to tail, which as Omar said on the other thread, puts the horse on the outside shoulder. In all giravolta type work we want the outside shoulder to open as much as possible.
So if I understand this right, the bend is too much JUST in the neck? Hmmm...I think this is the trouble I'm having with all my horses. It feels like their heads are loose and snaky but the body feels like it 'crabs' sideways instead of just stepping forward....hard to explain but you probably know the feel. However, they have had the whole winter off basically so are bound to be stiff for a while...??
Sal, IW is not at all about perfecting the 20m circle, quite the contrary! I think she is just going through a doubting stage as to what is ethical in training a horse for our pleasure, and what isnt. It is a minefield of a subject in its own right- so subjective and personal too!- so this is what it is about, what we should expect of our horses, period.