USING YOUR OUTSIDE REIN
Don’t be concerned with controlling the horse with the reins. ESTABLISH FORWARD FIRST! When you are establishing “forward” in the horse, the only rein you usually need is an opening rein. Remember, you will be riding circles (page 79, Forward: Riding with Eloise King) for the most part when you start your mounted work or you will be using the arena wall or fence (page 82) as a soft aid. You should not need an outside rein in the initial stages of training or retraining the horse.
Some people say that you need to support the outside shoulder with that outside rein. But when you think about it, losing that outside shoulder generally comes about when you do not have forward established in the horse and/or are over-aiding him. Go back to your basics; forward, check your position, etc., until the horse is strong and supple enough that the outside rein is no longer a blocking aid and becomes the soft aid that it should be. Using the outside rein starts when you begin two-track work — haunches-in, half-pass.
If you ever feel that you have lost control of the horse and think you need that outside rein, go back to your circle. Twist your shoulders in the direction you want to turn, use an opening rein to that side and step into the inside stirrup. Stay balanced on top of the horse and relax (especially your legs). Certain school figures can help, too, such as the circle described on page 80. Breathe and you will soon be enjoying the ride.
When presented with the term “on the bit,” the picture that most often comes to the uninformed rider is a horse with a firm contact on the bit and his face vertical at all times . . . and not much beyond that. In all the years I have known Eloise King, I have never heard her ask someone to put their horse “on the bit.” I have heard her tell people to maintain their correct position and send the horse forward TO THE BIT. And that can be accomplished without any resistance from the horse or punishment from the rider.
I have seen people work for years, driving their horses into a firm hand that keeps the horse’s face verticle. It’s a lot of work because it takes so much more leg and seat from the rider than is necessary while it blocks the hind quarters.
Give yourself and the horse a break and shorten the time it takes to get the results you want. It is so much easier than most people realize. Let Eloise show you how.
Whether you are starting from scratch or have a horse that needs to be fixed; whether you are a novice or experienced rider, the easy step-by-step instructions with illustrations and pictures in “Forward: Riding with Eloise King” make it easy to get the most out of your horse.
Dynamic and sensitive rider, Eloise King, takes you through all the important points of what works to get a truly athletic horse for: Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, Eventing, Western Pleasure, Pleasure Riding, Reining, Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, and most any other equine discipline. FORWARD will help you avoid problems in training, get past points where you just seem stuck, and offers many practical methods to get the best from your horse.
This book covers:
Lunging—Not just any lunging, but lunging that builds a strong horse with tons of impulsion.
Work-In-Hand—Many exercises are presented that make your horse more supple, athletic and attentive to your aids.
Mounted Work—How to help your horse do his best and give you a great ride.
Eloise King brings the knowledge of 60+ years of working with just about any horse related challenge you could run into. Eloise has worked with and trained many top riders and trainers. Now in her 70’s she is still riding, training, giving clinics, and learning more all the time from her main teacher, the horse.