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post #11 of 13 Old 09-05-2013, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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I just collect my reins and bump with my hands slightly to tuck his nose. He understands my vocal commands now, I pull back softly and say back loudly, every time he steps back I release his nks and encourage him than just ask for more.

I don't want to add leg yet, I'm trying to teach him his foot and leg commands and I don't want to confuse him.
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post #12 of 13 Old 09-05-2013, 10:35 PM
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It sounds like you're on the right track, see if you can just collect up the reins without bumping or soft pulling to get him to back. Be patient, set it up and let him find it. Let him think about it a little, and search for the right answer. You can give light bumps or pull if you think he needs a little help, but always start again with only taking up the reins. You're exactly right about releasing to encourage him for doing the right thing. Work on the timing of your asks and releases with each step. The rein will be connected to the foot and you can walk him back one foot at a time. You'll get that timing working where it will flow nice and smooth.*
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It sounds like you're on the right track, see if you can just collect up the reins without bumping or soft pulling to get him to back. Be patient, set it up and let him find it. Let him think about it a little, and search for the right answer. You can give light bumps or pull if you think he needs a little help, but always start again with only taking up the reins. You're exactly right about releasing to encourage him for doing the right thing. Work on the timing of your asks and releases with each step. The rein will be connected to the foot and you can walk him back one foot at a time. You'll get that timing working where it will flow nice and smooth.*
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Today while I was at the arena I added a it of leg, at first he tossed his head and tried to move forward, but he began to catch on and back up. He tries very hard to do what I'm asking him to do.
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