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REBEL Free Trot

REBEL Ready for his next rider

American Saddlebred Ready for his next rider. Reg. American Saddlebred, 15.3h 11yo Trained to 3rd Level Dressage, Western/Cowboy Dressage, Hunter PL, Equitat...

Saddlebred EQ prospect

Saddlebred Eq Pattern and Hunter PL prospect. Private Sale

Saddlebred eq prospect

REBEL ready for his next rider! He is shown here barefoot, if someone is looking to do Saddlebred shows, in the new Hunter PL classes or Eq patterns this horse would be perfect.

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For Sale "Rebel" American Saddlebred

REBEL is ready for his next rider! Private sale


Rebel is for sale🦄💙Rebel is 15.3 and is Amateur Friendly. He is trick Trained smile/bow/sit/lay down. Trail safe, rides bareback. Training by Grand Prix Dressage Trainer/Owner. He is solidly 3rd Level schooling changes now. Goes Western Pl/Hunter Pl also. Great for Farrier/Husband/ Novice handlers. Is a goober funny sweetheart that wants to be involved with anything your doing. He loads/hauls/trailers well. Great with dogs/cats. He's UTD on everything just pulled his shoes so he's barefoot right now. I own him & feel he would be a wonderful EQ horse, as he can counter canter, beautiful balanced circles, likes to be center of attention & I've given lessons on him. No spook buck or bolt. 35k

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Orion is ready for flying changes



Orion Andalusian schooling 3rd level

My Dressage American Saddlebred "Rebel"

Project Saddlebred "Rebel" 3months into Dressage he was an Endurance racer for 6yrs with previous rider.

"Promise" Arabian from 10yrs of Saddleseat riding, now going correctly over his topline voluntarily he's 15yo

"Rebel" American Saddlebred from endurance racing to Classical Dressage getting care from the Legend Mr. Thurman Tolbert


It is a concept and practice developed by Francois Baucher and over the years has been misunderstood, misused or ignored by professional trainers and amateurs alike. Baucher deduced from long and conscientious observation that whatever the conformation faults that affected the distribution of the force within a horse, it was always in the neck that the immediate effect was felt. No resistance could occur without being preceded by a contraction in the neck, and the jaw is ultimately connected to the neck. Baucher further established that as the head and the neck were the two most important levers enabling a rider to place and steer the animal, it would be impossible to obtain control of the horse without total mastery of these areas.

It produces a softness in the horse, through yielding of the jaw. Yes, horses can be taught to relax and yield the jaw.
When it comes to jaw flexions, many people are discouraged from attempting it for themselves, and those who do often attempt a twisted version of it, which causes them to think that it doesn't work.

Jaw flexions/releases are, at their core, a very practical and attainable exercise that can be used by any thoughtful horseman with feel, to the benefit of any bitted horse. The release of the jaw can be practiced and attained from the ground or mounted, with a green or a trained horse at any level provided they are done—like any good training—with patience, feel and much sensitivity.

Tension in the jaw, which causes resistance in the neck, can be released by a lifting and releasing action of the tongue, and this wave of relaxation will cascade down the other joints of the poll as well.

Jaw flexions/releases have less to do with the jaw specifically than they do with the TMJ. Baucher recognized that his horses were more flexible through their poll, easier to bend and collect, and in general better and more relaxed to work with after releasing the jaw. So, though this chewing response is often a product of relaxation, if it can be manually encouraged, it can also be used to create relaxation.

Horses, like people, can carry their tension (what we often call resistance) in their jaw or temporomandibular joint (TMJ). People under stress also tense their jaw and grind their teeth. In a horse, this tension transfers all the way down the rest of the neck and topline. They clench, they grind, they get heavy in the hand or they just plain don’t cooperate.

If you clench your jaw tightly and lock your molars, try to swallow. The minute your tongue lifts to the roof of your mouth and releases, your jaw unlocks and relaxes. Swallowing in general tends to relax the muscles. This is the same principle behind the jaw releases for horses: get the tongue moving, the jaw will unclench, and the poll and topline will begin to follow.

What was revolutionary about Baucher's way of getting the horse to "savour" the bit, is that perhaps for the first time, horsemanship came to view the bit and the hand as aids rather than weapons—tools with which the rider might consciously force the horse into a partnership rather than an enemy to be conquered and dominated. A way for the horse to accept the bit as "a friend". That, combined with his “hand without leg—leg without hand” formula, disposed of many common causes for resistance.

It is generally accepted that there are two main approaches to training dressage horses:

1. the first being the gymnastic approach exemplified by the Versailles School, which has been followed by all the subsequent cavalry schools, including of course the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. This approach is also pursued by many competition dressage trainers, who tend to place a greater emphasis on powerful movement.

2. The second approach is that of François Baucher, the French genius trainer of the 19th Century. Baucher invented a method to take complete control of the front end of the horse based on his now famous jaw flexions.

A detailed explanation of this process is available in Hilda Nelson’s book “François Baucher, The Man And His Method". Explanations can also sourced from Jean Claude Racinet’s book Another Horsemanship.
There are of course many other books on the subject but mainly in French.

[04/19/16]   Raising of the neck:

This a controversial technique descending from Baucher's second method. The rider raises the hands with a bent elbow position towards his body to bring the horse's head up.

Executed by riders lacking outstanding skills and sufficient experience and moreover done with a horse not properly taking weight behind, it can easily have the damaging results which leads to observers to reject the picture it causes then: A horse with a hanging back and dragging hind-legs.

Left: Lifting the hands to elevate the horse's neck (the horse follows the hands) -
Right: Lowering the hands (the well trained horse remains in self-carriage)

It is exactly the mistaken or excessive use of this technique that has made some riders suspicious of French equitation. But if correctly done, with the right timing and lots of rider's tact, the horse will yield with the lower jaw and arch the neck.

Christian Carde explains that in general while riding it is not the height of the hands as such that is most important, but “the angle from the reins to the mouth. As a general rule the hands have to be higher than the horse's mouth in relation to the horizontal line going from one to the other.

The higher the head, the less is the possibility for the horse to lean on the hand and this is the reason why I lift the inside rein to make a horse yield. Also by having the hands higher than the mouth of the horse the rider can aid a position which allows the best possible balance. The lower the neck the more difficult it is to bring the horse in balance and onto the hind-legs. (Transfer centre of gravity)

Saddlebred project "Rebel"

UPDATE Arabian prior Saddleseat, contact is better no longer bucking, biting or pinny eared

American Saddlebred "Rebel"

UPDATE Saddlebred project still working on bit acceptance

Project for Dressage, prior 25mile Endurance Racer

Re-training a 15yo Arabian from Saddleseat.
He was ridden in a bicycle chain bit =( and draw reins! And had a bucking "problem"
We put him in a french link eggbutt snaffle and a treeless western saddle. Showing him it's OK to stretch forward and go through his body

"Rebel" American Saddlebred learning what contact is. This will take some work, he was mostly ridden in a hackamore for endurance/trails

Nicole with 22yo "Star" & Shawn and 23yo "Smitty" are learning soft contact, flexion, suppleness and here you see the results. Relaxation and throughness. Great job Ladies!!

[10/31/15]   With permission my student Kathy R. is working with us to help her Paso Fino mare to relax and free her from tension. This is her 2nd lesson.

Watch "Paso Fino" on YouTube

*New project, "Rebel" I have always been attracted to The American Saddlebred. This will be the 4th Purebred to train for Dressage.

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