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    03-30-2010, 11:32 PM

I'm having some trouble leading my 2 year old. Sometimes she is good and walks up beside me, while other times I have to ask her to step up. When I ask her, I a) cluck, b)pull a bit foreword with the lead, and c)take the end of my lead rope and tap her on the hindquarters, if the first steps don't work.

My problem is, my little girl has started to swing her hind end out away from me when I ask her to step up, this causes her to not be straight.

What am I doing wrong and/or what can I do to prevent this and encourage straight willing steps with me?
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    03-31-2010, 10:12 AM
Try using a dressage whip instead of the tail of your lead. Swinging the lead probably involves a good bit of repositioning for you that can give your mare a heads up that a pop is coming, and give her time to swing away. A dressage whip can be carried neutrally in a convenient position to give a quick tap with no more repositioning than a flick of the wrist.
    04-01-2010, 09:39 PM
Thanks, I will try it and see how it goes after a while.
    04-01-2010, 11:55 PM
Yeah, a dressage whip is a good idea. Once she learns that you won't tolerate her dragging behind, she won't anymore. Sounds like you're on the right track. Just takes time. Good luck!

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