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        01-03-2012, 04:46 PM
      #11
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    
    Do you ever have a problem of the horse moving its feet after you've had him square? Every time he's good to go, he changes position. Is he still settling into this stance? He's like me and loves to lean or stand with his feet close together for a bit, then switch to wide, then cock his back leg, then stretch his fronts.

    Writing it all out sounds like he's a mess, but he's not. Just, he doesn't like being still like most horses
    My horse knows that when he's set up, he's too stand there no matter how long the class is. I was in an AQHA halter class with over 30 entries...it took FOREVER to judge because it was a double judged show. He didn't move his feet once. Anytime I teach a horse to square and stand, if they move...I immediately back them up. Settle for a second, then square up again. Any moving of the feet.....same thing, back up then re-set. I also use the word WHOA so they know not to move. After a period of time, they know to stand...because if they don't, they get backed up. Given the two options....the horse usually figures it out quickly.
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        01-03-2012, 04:51 PM
      #12
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by GotaDunQH    
    After a period of time, they know to stand...because if they don't, they get backed up. Given the two options....the horse usually figures it out quickly.
    Alright, thanks!
         
        01-03-2012, 04:52 PM
      #13
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by GotaDunQH    
    My horse knows that when he's set up, he's too stand there no matter how long the class is. I was in an AQHA halter class with over 30 entries...it took FOREVER to judge because it was a double judged show. He didn't move his feet once. Anytime I teach a horse to square and stand, if they move...I immediately back them up. Settle for a second, then square up again. Any moving of the feet.....same thing, back up then re-set. I also use the word WHOA so they know not to move. After a period of time, they know to stand...because if they don't, they get backed up. Given the two options....the horse usually figures it out quickly.

    Great point its all about consistency, horses are smart they will figure it out :)
         
        01-03-2012, 05:49 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Hi You need to tie the horse in the stall on a daily basis for at least two hours so he will get used to standing still. After about two weeks of this routine begin practice again. When he moves or cocks his leg back him up about 20 feet rapidly like you mean it. Walk him off and stop and set him up again. If he still moves back him up again and repeat saying WOAH or SET. Rub him well on the shoulder or above his tail in a circular motion for reward. It takes lots of practice. Be determined. You and he can do it. If you have any other questions I will be glad to try to help.
         

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