Originally Posted by Calming Melody View Post
Ok so another thing I was doing wrong , letting them lick my hands lol....Tomorrow I am going to walk Cash down like you were telling me and see how it goes from there! Now I can do some basic ground work but the one thing I really haven't done is lunging ? I know the concept of it , just not so sure on how to get it started ?
Well a little hand licking is fine, but sometimes it leads to the horse nipping (have you watched horses groom each other in the wild?) that's what's happening. It's good to allow some of it, then stop it before it gets out of control. They're just being horses, they don't know any better. But you can stroke their necks as they're licking you and then move onto something else. Have some boundaries :)
If you have a leadrope and halter, then that's all you need. Work on leading. They should walk with their shoulder in line with you. If they get infront you need to slow them down or stop and back them up. For me, I spin my leadrope infront of their nose (staying where I am.. it takes practice so practice BEFORE you involve the horse) the leadrope will create a wall. If they walk forwards their nose gets tapped by the spinning rope. If they go backwards, stop spinning. There are other ways like pulling back on the halter underneath their chin. Use what works best for you.
If the horse gets too far behind, send them forward by tapping their side with the leadrope.
Once they can lead, work on backing up. You should ask the horse to back up in one way.. and once they are comfortable with that, ask them to back up a different way. So maybe you start off using even pressure on their halter and let up when they begin to step back. Then once they backup well, you can ask them to backup with the spinning rope, or back up with you standing infront.
Are you following? You want your horse to know how to do things in different ways, for every occasion.
Backing up, leading, and moving forward are basics of ground work. Once you have those, you can teach your horse to be "sent."
This is like lunging. You direct them in a certain direction and they move, you ask them to reverse and they reverse..
Lunging is a circle. Sending is a direction. You can "send them" between objects like the fenceline and a barrel. You can "send them" into a trailer.
So instead of lunging a full circle, do a line that starts just out of the corner of your left eye to the corner of your right eye. You don't move your feet, but you direct the horse with your body. "Send" them right, ask them to turn by directing their nose and send them left. Add a barrel or a pole and send them between it and a fence.
To tell them a direction (practice right now, without the horse) pretend you're holding the halter in your left hand, and the rope in the other. Your halter hand opens out (like dracula and his cape) while your rope and points to the horse's hip to tell them to move. You can cluck (that weird horse-person noise) or spin or wiggle the rope to send them off.
So you open with the halter hand, point and direct with your rope hand.
Now how it relates to the horse. In your right hand is your whip, left hand is the rope connected to the horse. Open that left hand, point the right hand to their hip and cluck or wiggle to send them off to the left.
To reverse, bring both hands close together infront of your belly, swap the rope hand to the right, whip to the left hand.. then you open the right hand the point the whip to the horse's hip to drive them forward.
Are you following? It can get confusing.
Sending, backing, leading, and moving forward are your basics.