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post #11 of 16 Old 03-06-2011, 01:36 AM
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Thanks Alex, that makes my day!!!

I had a neat ride and posted on How much does a thought weigh?

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You are welcome, you always give great advise and you word it much better than I could. I responded to your thread. :)
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Tinyliny gave great advice.

The only thing I'd like to ad is offer him a little more chance to read your body language before asking to whoa. Humans aren't aware of the body language they carry, you are asking him to read you but you nearly jump to a stop which brings him a few steps ahead of you because he missed the cue. (It takes less to stop 100 pounds than 1000). So before you slam on your breaks and say whoa, think to yourself "Im thinking about stopping" then proceed with stopping yourself and telling him whoa. This will give him the proper cues, your body will do tiny changes because you are thinking about stopping. I am sure you'll find he will stop before you say whoa.
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Wow he's a looker! I love those paints!
You could also try tacking him while you lunge. Let him know its work time not play time? I've always had good luck with getting my horses to focus by lunging them in a surcingle with side reins attached to their bit or a cavason. But I wouldn't suggest it if you don't know how to use them/ don't have someone to show you the correct way.
Good Luck with him! Don't forget to update us on him. :)
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Wow he's a looker! I love those paints!
You could also try tacking him while you lunge. Let him know its work time not play time? I've always had good luck with getting my horses to focus by lunging them in a surcingle with side reins attached to their bit or a cavason. But I wouldn't suggest it if you don't know how to use them/ don't have someone to show you the correct way.
Good Luck with him! Don't forget to update us on him. :)

I've never used a surcingle. I rode him for the first time here today(2nd time riding him). I only trotted but he did well. I've still got to learn his cues, and teach myself to sit back more.
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post #16 of 16 Old 03-12-2011, 09:14 PM
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Personally I am not a fan of free-lunging. I prefer using a lungeline so they know it's time to work. Not time to buck and kick and act like an idiot but it's time to work. I'm not a fan of lunging to get the crazies out. When their being lunged I expect them to behave as if I were riding them.
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