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    01-09-2012, 10:48 PM
Originally Posted by Spyder    
I very much prefer to use the word connection rather than the word disengage as too many times the impression is that you are disengaging the haunch to the rest of the body.

I see this word used all the time with western riders and when I see what they are doing, they actually do disconnect the rear of the horse from the front.
The truth is right there! You need to ride your horses back to front. The hind is the engine, and you capture the energy in the front. Then you can be truly connected.
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    01-09-2012, 10:56 PM
So when doing this from the ground first, should you be using long lines? Does anyone know of any good videos on these movements and how they are taught?
    01-09-2012, 11:18 PM
Originally Posted by Oxer    
so when doing this from the ground first, should you be using long lines? Does anyone know of any good videos on these movements and how they are taught?
There was a thread on HF called In Hand, teaching it and this is where you start.

I had my boy doing all lateral movements ( shoulder fore//shoulder in//leg yield//haunches in//turns on the fore and turns on the hind by the time he was 2 years old and I started out with just the lead line and ended with two lines with driving the horse and requesting the movements.

If done with serious intent you can have the horse understanding enough that asking in saddle becomes simple and the horse will progress faster under saddle.

The advantages is you can see what you are doing and what the horse is doing and there is no weight on the horse so it is a straightforward learning process for the horse.

Here is a decent video to show how to get started, however backing up a youngster should be left until it is well settled into going forward on cue.


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