Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
A fun exercise you can do, to help with leading/leading presentation and the like, is to have your horse wait a ew feet from the line of poles. I start with a walk at first. We walk to the poles, and as we are walking, I tell them to "pick it up!" Cuing them to pick up their feet as we are going over obstacles.
Now once that is good, we do a jog in hand. I make my start to jog in hand -really- apparent. I kind of do a jump, and do something like knee highs to make it apparent that I'm jogging. I don't go faster than my horse, I stay right by their shoulder, hence the knee high exercise (plus it helps me to pick up my own feet over the poles). I keep the horse in the jog by clucking, but if they aren't keeping to the jog, I swing the rope back to their flank. Really helps to have a long rope.
If that doesn't work, I actually kick them as a last resort to get them moving as part of my "demand". Nothing hard, I just swing my leg a little after I pick it up. Brown horse used to be very stubborn at this, and it only took once for him to get the idea.
Anyway. As I'm jogging and have my ample length as a start, once I get to the poles I once again say "pick it up!". Don't lose your energy! Your energy is what helps to keep the horse going and they might lose their jog because of the poles. But keep practicing and you and the horse will be masters. : )