Question # 353: Amanda has a question about how to teach her young horse to lift and use his back correctly.
I have a 3 (soon to be 4) year old ottb. I'm hoping to do eventing with him, even though there's not much of a competition scene where I'm at her in New Mexico. I've gotten to the point of forward that he's swinging his hind end and moving forward in good balance for the most part. What are the next steps to encourage him to lift his back? He's been giving me a few steps here or there naturally, but I'd like to encourage him even more. (Amanda)
I am SO happy that you are asking this question! Many riders don't think nearly enough about how the horse is using their back. And that is the holy grail! It is the key to keeping our horses sound, happy in their work, and supple in their bodies. The key is to teach your horse how to truly seek the bit. (Click on Question Title above to read full answer)