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    01-24-2007, 06:44 PM
  #11
Foal
When she stops, how far ahead of her are you? Some horses, especially young ones are very sensitive to where you walk next to them and if you get too far in front of their shoulder, they will stop. You might accidentally be sending messages to her that tell her to stop. See if walking further back than you normall do will help. And what is her cue to walk? A cluck? The word walk? Simply walking forward with a gentle tug on the lead rope? Make sure your cue is always the same. And you can always flip the lead rope behind you when you stop. Not hard because you don't want to hurt or scare her but praise the heck out of her as soon as she moves forward (in any direction). She will soon learn that forward motion is what you want and her life is easier when she works with you. She might just want to see what happens when she stops following you. Hope this all makes sense. Its a whole lot easier to do than it is to describe.
     
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    01-24-2007, 07:44 PM
  #12
Foal
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And you can always flip the lead rope behind you when you stop. Not hard because you don't want to hurt or scare her but praise the heck out of her as soon as she moves forward (in any direction).

I had great success with this - however do be careful when flipping the lead rope behind you that you do no hit her with it - my old trainer did that and my baby had an issue with the lead rope. We have overcome this now but it took some work. Now if he does not walk forward all I have to do is barely flip it behind me and he walks on.

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And what is her cue to walk? A cluck? The word walk? Simply walking forward with a gentle tug on the lead rope? Make sure your cue is always the same.

This is a biggie in my opinion - consistency is the key with working with horses especially babies. While they are learning the basics if you change too much then they will get confused and not know how to respond, they will not know what you are asking.

Keep us posted on the progress.


Samantha
     
    01-25-2007, 08:09 AM
  #13
Weanling
Heya, yea I sure will im going to get it all started today after school hopefully she'll latch on to it
     
    01-26-2007, 12:16 PM
  #14
Weanling
Heya!, I've started work on charm(my filly) and she is taking to it very well im very impressed to be honest lol I didn't think she could be so well behaved lol, however I know she's only been doing this new stuff for a few days and she's come on tremedously alredy so im going to contiue it and see what happens, but also I think half her problem was she wasnt looking where she was going she was looking around to much and been nosey lol the cheeky little monster, also I put her out in the barn today because the weather was nasty, and she followed me everywhere I went so I decided to take advantage lol and get some excerise into me and into her lol so I was running up and down the barn and she's was cantering and trooting after me lol , I think that's a great way to have fun and lose weight( im not over wieght though just thought id have some fun wiv her)
     
    01-27-2007, 12:30 AM
  #15
Foal
It is good to hear that it is going well...I know that it makes you feel great when you teach your baby something new or they improve on something that they are learning. My colt does better every time we work and I love it. Congrats!!!

Samantha
     
    02-01-2007, 04:39 PM
  #16
Weanling
Heya along tiome since I told everyone on charms progress, well she is walking brilliant now with alot of praise, lol ill be going around the show ring praise'ing her just found out her 1st show is very soon and im very excited for her as all she loves to do is show off so hopefully (touchwood) she will show off like a star (i want to get to HOYS with her) see my signature (the bay/greyish filly) - (thats charm)
     

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