Dressage Solutions: Feel the Horse Reaching for the Bit

Try this tip from Eliza Sydnor Romm.
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To get the feel of the horse reaching for the bit correctly…

Think of the base of the horse’s neck as one of those crinkly straws you sip a drink through. When properly reaching for the bit, it will reach up and out just like the last of the crinkles open on the straw. The horse is both stronger and more flexible when he is reaching and lifting at the base of his neck in this way. So think about that part of the neck instead of the horse’s mouth. —Eliza Sydnor Romm

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)

(Illustration by Sandy Rabinowitz)

Eliza Sydnor Romm is a professional trainer from North Carolina. In 2007, she made history by becoming the youngest person in the United States to receive U.S. Dressage Federation Instructor Certification through Fourth Level. She has worked with Lilo Fore, Scott Hassler, Klaus Balkenhol and Jennifer and Beth Baumert. She is the daughter of Cindy Sydnor, a well-respected judge and classical trainer (elizasydnordressage.com).

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