Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Queensland, Australia.
You should never 'smack her in the face with it'. This would easily be the worst thing you could do and would only result in many problems and suffering for the horse. Sorry if that came off harsh, but simply it is reality.
Before you look at what your horse is doing wrong, start with looking at what you are doing. Are you holding the flag correctly? Do you have even rein contact and leg pressure? You may find that the horse is doing exactly what you are mistakenly asking it to do.
If you are sure that it is not a rider issue then you should begin looking at why the horse is doing this? Is she really doing it because she thinks it is fun, or is it something else? Personally, if she is physically bending get her neck to look at it I would open my opposite rein and put the leg if the side which she is bending to on, make it easier for her to go into the space that you want her to and harder for her to bend her head to where she wants to. Don't be mean and pull on her mouth or kick her heavily across, simply use a firm but light contact and once she does what you ask, reward. Make sure she knows what she is doing is correct. Also, give her a chance to do the right thing, once she is responding with your contact. Give her the opportunity to do it correctly herself, but be aware of her habit and be ready to correct it.
Sir Success. Eventer.
2000 - 2013,