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post #1 of 4 Old 06-03-2013, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Turing on the forehand?

I'm having trouble turing on the forehand. My pony tends to rush through it and doesn't keep his front legs in one spot. It looks more like a tight turn than a turn on the forehand. Any advice?
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-07-2013, 05:27 AM
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You have to use your reins to close him off from moving forward at all--keep a firm hold on him while you push him over. Also make sure you're getting him to move his hips/butt more than the rest of his body. It might help to practice this on the ground with a dressage whip to function as your leg aid, your body can prevent him from moving forward.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-07-2013, 05:48 AM
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^ This

It's very important to keep the shoulder blocked. Have enough contact to keep him from walking off, and your reins on his neck to keep his shoulder from popping out like that. If you have to, you could put him facing the fence for a little while.

I also second the dressage whip. If he doesn't move his butt but moves everything else, give him a tap. Release and pet him as soon as you get a good pivot from him, and relax. Just let him know it's no big deal, and he can chill through it when he does it right.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-07-2013, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys! I'll definitely try that out!
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