Originally Posted by Tyler
I finally got out and did a little work with Oakey, but I had some problems. I did just what you said to do with the leg aids (but I couldn't quite figure out what to do with the whip). He'd only go into a walk about 35% of the times I asked him too. What might I have been doing wrong? How specifically do I use the whip? Does it matter whether I'm bareback or in the saddle?
You use the whip to reinforce the leg aid that's being ignored. You use it as hard as you need to to get him to respond to the leg aid. Note: its use may surprise him and he may pop forward...you'll want to go with that and not haul back on him.
So ask him to move with the leg aid...release. If he doesn't respond tell him more loudly with the leg aid...release. If he still hasn't responded, demand he responds with the loudest leg aid and use the whip at the same time to tell him in uncertain terms that he is to move his butt right this second.
Rinse and repeat.
It should take no more than 3/4 times for him to realize you mean business. If I got on him it would only take me once.
But he and I don't have a 'history' or a relationship, so I would get to start fresh with him. You've got to work through old relationship habits so it's going to take you a few more tries.
I actually prefer to use the whip on the shoulder for forward and behind my leg for lateral work. For you, I think you should probably just use it behind your leg at this stage....not on his flank, but directly behind your leg.