Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Your trainer should assist you, and is always encouraged my pupils to work ground up.
If you sit and hit your horse repeatedly, or whack it because you eff up and get frustrated, that is wrong. A crop is an aid to back up your leg. As a lesson horse, he is probably a bit sour under saddle and trying his best to do nothing.
Used correctly, a crop means instead of pony club kicking and yanking his mouth and getting wound up at each other, you can put his brain back between his ears and remind him you want an hour of his time, then he can go eat some more.
Pressure and release, yes. If he moves his feet, inside rein goes fore and vocal praise is good. But don't over praise, and don't reward bad behavior. He knows his job, he isn't a scared baby or a first time competition horse. He is testing you through and through.
Sit deep, kick hard, if he won't move, kick hard and give him a darn good whack..and hang on. Then immediately ask for forward, or leg yield, or shoulder in.. Do not let him plant and stop.