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    Default how do you get a horse into an outline???

    i've been all over the internet searchin about how to get a horse into an outline, wiggling my fingers doesn't work, engaging the horses hocks doesn't work and how do i get the horses back to relax??

    my main question is, how do you get a horse into an outline

    thanks

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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    Get an instructor to work with you and the horse.

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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    By encouraging a low head carriage. Do this by opening your hands and placing them down towards your knees.

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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    my instructor said (because i ride at a riding school) that the horse i am on would not understand it and he would fling his head about everywhere even if a dressage champion would try.

    but, a couple of weeks ago, i was just riding the same horse and he started going into a really nice outline, i don't know how i done it but he hasn't done it ever since! any tips?

    i don't want to force the horse to do it just to let you know, i want it to come naturally

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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    Some horses are never taught to go in an outline, they build their neck and back muscles the wrong way and then find it difficult or just totally dont understand when being asked.

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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    Draw reins ;-)
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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    Damned good riding, a good seat, quiet hands, a feel for a horse and patience.

    Not as someone said above - putting your hands at your knees - utter tosh!

    Alternatively you can go down Mcnaughty's route of Draw Reins If so then whack them on and hold on to them as tight as possible
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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    Naughty naughty, mcnaughty!

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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    Unfortunately, with a riding school horse,you are on to a bit of a lot cause if he is not regularly and properly schooled by the instructors. With so many different people riding him the poor chap probably hasn't a clue what is needed or has given up trying and switched off. Could you find an freelance instructor who is prepared to give lessons on her own horse so that you can learn on a properly schooled horse?

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    Default Re: how do you get a horse into an outline???

    You can't. A horse going correctly in an outline is the outcome of a lot of training and building up the correct muscle, it's a result not a goal. When you start training babies, you do short sessions to build them up. Too much force and you have a sore, unhappy horse.

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