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post #1 of 6 Old 07-28-2008, 07:00 PM Thread Starter
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Natural Dressage?

How do you do this? I want to teach Blu to lunge without me having to really direction him and stuff. Maybe use just a lunge whip?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-29-2008, 03:20 AM
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Natural dressage is riding the horse in the classical seat and having your horse perform classical dressage developed from the way horses move naturally in the wild
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-29-2008, 04:05 AM
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You are still directing the horse, however it is done thru subtle body movements.
What exactly do you want to teach him??
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-29-2008, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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To lunge without a line maybe. To respond to the lunge whip and voice commands instead of leadline and stuff.

I tried yesterday on backing up. I would ask him to back up and wave my lunge line towards his chest. He did pretty dang good.

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post #5 of 6 Old 07-29-2008, 07:56 PM
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ok well this isn't as you called it 'natural dressage'
maybe have a read into some parelli books or something. teach your horse soely on voice command with the lead and once he's responsive move it into a round pen with no lead.
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Teach him in a round yard. Just turn him loose and have him move off by keeping your whip behind him. When you want him to turn move your whip infront of him. If he turns in towards you make him turn back until he figures out for himself to tun to the fence. It wont take him long. Get him to speed up with voice commands and the use of your whip behind him, keep your body in line with the hip. To slow him, talk him down and move your body in line with his shoulder, and put your arm out. Do the same to stop him and then wait for him to come in. Use whistles, clicking or any other noise he finds comforting. If he doesnt respond in about a minute take a few steps back. If he still doesnt respond make him move off again and keep doing that until he realizes to come to you.
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