Dressage Solutions: Feel the Horse Reaching for the Bit

Try this tip from Eliza Sydnor Romm.

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)

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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