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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
MichaelVanessa- I'm having a really hard time understanding you due to your lack of punctuation, so pardon me if I misintepret something you said. I try to keep things simple for Sour, and do not have an 'extended trot' 'working trot' 'woah and stop' command as you are saying, but rather six simple things that I ask and I combine them to get the reaction that I want. I use woah, ease up(transitioning down), walk on (go), trot (I ONLY allow a working trot in the carriage, nothing faster and nothing slower), 'gee' and 'haw.' and clucking to her if I'd like her to pick up the pace without changing gaits. She responds very well to voice commands, and is just green as far as I'm concerned. She has only been driven six times for 10-25 minutes, after all. I really don't know what your exercise with the feed and her lifting her legs is for, so I'll leave that alone. She picks up her feet, disengages her hindquarters, pivots, and will move her feet for me quietly and quickly.
Goodhors- thankyou. You've been very helpful. I'd just like to clear things up just a tad bit though, as I don't want you to think that I am hurting my horse ^^ when I said 'use my reins' to cue her forewards, I was taught to wiggle and give the voice command, which is what I do. I do not hit her across the rump with my rein :)
And yes, I do realize that being light on the reins is a trained thing, and I have put a LOT of effort into her ground driving training for that reason. Before I ever hooked her up I established a good mouth on her, and she will respond to the tiniest bit of pressure on the rein. I was noticing that she was getting just a little harder to turn though (not to the point of me really having to pull at all, just noticable enough for me to wonder) and so that is why I came here :) We're still working on collecting up (She's only been driving for a little over a month now) but she's slowly getting ther.
Thank you guys for your information. I borrowed a friend's driving whip today to use, and used it instead of my reins. Things went very well and I plan on going to buy my own this week. Glad I got that cleared up!
Also, Sour is a miniature horse. Sorry I didn't mention that.
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