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        07-01-2013, 02:25 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Put your hand on his hip and follow him until he stops. That is a normal behavior for horses just learning to do it. I once followed a 2yr old around for twenty minutes before she finally stopped and got it, just be sure to never release that pressure while he's moving or all you're teaching him is to move.... release as soon as their feet stop moving and their nose is bent nice without leaning on your hand.
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        07-01-2013, 03:35 PM
      #12
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by SorrelHorse    
    Put your hand on his hip and follow him until he stops. That is a normal behavior for horses just learning to do it. I once followed a 2yr old around for twenty minutes before she finally stopped and got it, just be sure to never release that pressure while he's moving or all you're teaching him is to move.... release as soon as their feet stop moving and their nose is bent nice without leaning on your hand.
    I kinda know pressure and release - got annoyed with my friend who also works with the 3 yr old, and when asking the horse to come forwards, he pulls a bit and lets go, pulls a bit and lets go... I told him to stop it because he is just teaching the horse to ignore me...

    About the bending, erm.. I am not 100 % sure near his hind at the moment, but that's more on raising the hindlegs... touching them was fine last time... I will have to try this tomoro :) We do quite a bit of backing, turning all ways, with as little pressure as possible... raising all legs from a tap with the stick, being touched everywhere by anything, being brushed, tied etc... respecting also not only a rope halter, but a nylon padded one too
    Need a new rope halter, this one the buttom not slipped and the nose part is HUGE, therefore I am scared to let him lunge with it...
         
        07-01-2013, 05:30 PM
      #13
    Trained
    If you have his respect with the other groundwork and have done it properly, I am willing to guarantee he won't kick you, if that's what you are worried about. If he does, go at him like you're trying to kill him for about ten or fifteen seconds then relax and pretend it never happened. Yielding the hindquarters comes in handy for that one.
         

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