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        03-11-2013, 12:17 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Hard to really tell from the video but my guess would be to get the front and back ends moving really softly independently first, then slowly join them up. Possibly let off the pressure a bit more frequently as the horse is side passing, so rather than put on pressure till you have finished side passing, try bumping them along gently with pressure and release as it steps across. But then again, like I said, its hard to really see from the vid. Otherwise, looks like you are on track to me.
         
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        03-11-2013, 12:18 AM
      #12
    Banned
    Yup, you're getting there. But I don't like seeing the head all cocked around, just like another poster already mentioned. If his head and neck are too bent you will create a situation where he pops his shoulder out......ideally you should just tip his nose JUST a little, enough JUST to see his eye. Ideally his body should be straight while side passing......well atleast that's what I've been taught.
         
        03-11-2013, 12:27 AM
      #13
    Banned
    Guess it has a lot to do with your discipline.. are you training for english?
         
        03-11-2013, 12:32 AM
      #14
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    Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
    Yup, you're getting there. But I don't like seeing the head all cocked around, just like another poster already mentioned. If his head and neck are too bent you will create a situation where he pops his shoulder out......ideally you should just tip his nose JUST a little, enough JUST to see his eye. Ideally his body should be straight while side passing......well atleast that's what I've been taught.

    That's what I was saying-- wouldnt teaching the horse to properly flex his head/ at the poll help beforehand?
         
        03-11-2013, 12:38 AM
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    Originally Posted by toto    
    Thats what I was saying-- wouldnt teaching the horse to properly flex his head/ at the poll help beforehand?
    Yes and no.....tipping his nose and flexing at the poll are a bit different. I find its such a subtle tip of the nose it's nearly impossible for a lay person to see that very very slight tip. Now on a green horse this 'tipping' is clearly obvious, but as the horse figures out what you want it's very very subtle.
         
        03-11-2013, 12:39 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    No western.. << see avatar, user name.. hehe
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        03-12-2013, 02:26 PM
      #17
    Trained
    I prefer to keep my horses straight. If anything, bending them into the steps and not to the outside. But, straight is the most preferable.

    This is a good "baby horse sidepass". For a finished horse, this would be a C- performance, but for just learning horse this is just fine.

    I would be asking him to soften his face, soften soften soften. He is bracing against your hands, and that is bad. You're getting there, but it needs a lot of refinement.
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        03-12-2013, 03:50 PM
      #18
    mls
    Trained
    I would suggest using a wall to help initially to prevent forward motion. Your horse is strung out with his head up and back hollowed. This may cause enough discomfort that he will resist attempting the side pass at all.

    Block his shoulders before he gets to the 45 degree angle. As soon as his shoulders are out of line, stop him. Adding a dressage whip and tapping the hip helps a great deal.

    Have you worked him in hand so you can see if he is crossing over correctly?
         
        03-17-2013, 11:38 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    I agree with SH but you're lookin' good so far girl! Keep up the practice and y'all will have it down pat!
         

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