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post #1 of 6 Old 08-07-2013, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Teaching my colt to set up properly

Hey there guys! I am going to begin showing my colt in halter classes (i havent shown since I was little!) and I need some help teaching my colt to set up.

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks:)
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-07-2013, 10:08 PM
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Walk him forward, then stop.
If his front (or hind) is in front too far ahead, then slightly bring pressure backward so he will want to take a step back. Add more pressure if needed but try not to be just wiggling the lead a little. As soon as he shifts his weight, release. If he didn't move his foot, try again.
If he brings his foot too far back, bring pressure in the lead forward so he will want to step forward. Add pressure if needed but once again, try not to. As soon as he shifts his weight int he right direction, release. If he still didn't move his foot, do it again.

If you are having a little trouble with the back feet, just bring him forward or back him up slowly until his back feet are mostly in line, then try and work on his front feet again.
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Also, here is another thing if you are taking too long to set up or you know your horse won't set up right.
When you are showing, try to get his hind feet set up only if his front feet are out of line or if you are fixing his front feet as well. Otherwise, when you stop and his front feet are mostly straight, but his back feet are all spread out - just leave it because you at least want his front feet in line.
Hehe, I was having trouble with this on my horse the other day.

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ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS set the back feet first, then set the front. You NEVER set the front first. Training needs to become a daily routine. Too much detail to explain it all here. But if you go to Youtube, you should be able to find a video.
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To add to GotaDunQH, setting up the rear first is going to help you immensely later on in training, as it is much easier to make small corrections to the front half of your horse. Good luck!

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you can also read this.

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