Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Riley on Gumbits, brief footage

Here he is with the trainer. You didn't see him before but there was a definite, high pitched grinding sound in recent past rides. Now? Pretty quiet...


  1. He's looking a bit better there too about not dropping behind the vertical. Wonder if the two could be connected?

    Either way, good going. Gumbits seem to really work as advertised.

  2. Your trainer's arms and therefore hands are not independent from her body. Her arms and hands move with her body when she is rising to the trot. They should not be doing that.

  3. I have only watched a one-minute clip of the ride, so consider this food for thought. I do love seeing your Riley go with his long neck and lift growing in his shoulders!

    It seems that Riley and the trainer are both working really hard in this clip. Riley is tapping into muscles that he is not used to using which is creating tension. He shows tension in his mouth, some horses show it in the tail carriage, or head tossing. This is to be expected with the progression of more demanding tasks, but I still feel that it is the trainer's responsibility to make the job as accommodating for the horse as possible. Lateral movements in walk can help the horse stretch his muscles and discover range of motion. Test the effectiveness of the exercise by moving into the next gait. Does the horse feel easier to ride? I fancy it pure delight when this is the case.


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