So, lets say you go in, he comes up to you, you pet him a bit and then send him off. You want him to keep going when you say "go", but if you stop saying go, you want him to turn around and look for you. You want to be able to both send him away from you and draw him back.
It looked like you did mostly sending in that video, and that's ok to start with. your horse was a bit irritated because at times you would send him, then you kind of blocked him a bit with your body, got kind of stiff and said "Whoa" ( or at least that's what it sounded like). So, it seemed like you were sending him, then squashing that send. If you want him to go forward, let him do so and don't worry about shaping it yet. Just get him to move forward . If you want him to whoa, then get a whoa and don't go to something else until you get that. Decide waht you want, GET IT and stick with it.
you want to be able to send him away from you at either a walk , a trot, a fast trot, or a canter. Just as you would riding him. If he is sucking back when you send him (and he was in that video), not giving you and honest forward when you asked for it, then you'd better address THAT first. You do what ever it takes to make him break loose and run forward, with full commitment. And you don't micromanage that . If you have a whip and raising it a little bit does not make him increase his speed/energy, then raise it more, then crack it. Use as little as possible, but as much as needed TO GET A CHANGE!. If you don't see a change, you didn't do enough, and you are building in dullnesss.
It's just like riding your horse; if you put your leg on and he blows you off, you put it on harder, he ignorse you or tightens a wee bit, you put a crop on him and he shuffles a wee bit faster, and you stop asking, then that's all you'll get. Is that enough of a change for you to be satisfied? Is that the level of responsiveness you want in your horse? Not me.
I want my horse to leap forward from my leg. So, in the round pen, if I apply a signal to go, using an increase in my body energy, and that doesn't work, I go to a lifted whip, and if he slumps into a pissy little version of a trot, I will do whatever it takes to wake him up. I want him to move out, looking at me with one eye and one ear, looking for the next instruction.
Because, eventually, the next instruction will be, slow down. Then spped up, then slow down, then turn around, then canter off, then slow down, then look back here, then curve around and since I have stopped my feet, YOU should realize that I am not driving you, it's time for you to stop running and come back. That's when you can "draw" your horse, by backing away from it.
Last edited by tinyliny; 12-01-2012 at 11:43 PM.