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    03-10-2009, 07:42 PM

Wow... That's all I gotta say. I was just out riding my gelding bareback in a halter (I rode all day with a friend and am letting the horses eat for a bit before I put them back in the pasture)...
My boy doesn't really know how to flex his neck and head, because I haven't really taught him, but I decided to just try and teach him... by the third time one way, he had it down pat both ways.
I asked him to do it until I felt he understood and was bending his neck and head and placing his nose on my pants leg whenever I barely applied pressure to the 'rein' (lead rope tied on both sides of the halter), and when I figured he had it, I rode him and OH MY GOD... Talk about responsive... to a halter! Lol...
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    03-10-2009, 07:43 PM
Good job! Sounds like you have a smart little boy there. Keep up the good work!
    03-10-2009, 08:25 PM
Lol... My farrier has been pushing me to teach Dakota to flex for a few months now... I've never really been too interested in teaching him, but now that I've played with it and felt how soft and almost 'mushy' feeling he was after flexing a bit for me, I'm definitely going to keep working with him on it.

He's very smart, lol...
    03-10-2009, 11:11 PM
That's great! You can never do too much flexing.
    03-10-2009, 11:16 PM
This is a dumb question... but what is flexing?
    03-10-2009, 11:16 PM
Pulling their head to the side. Kinda like a one rein stop
    03-10-2009, 11:20 PM
Ohhh I understand now. Thanks!
    03-10-2009, 11:39 PM
Lol... I didn't know what flexing was until last year...
    03-12-2009, 11:16 AM
Originally Posted by MaieuticManege    
pulling their head to the side. Kinda like a one rein stop
Not pulling. Asking.

Pick up the rein and ask for their face. No leg, no seat movement. Most horses will follow their nose and turn as if you are direct reining.

This is one of the first things we teach a horse when we sit on them. Before asking for any movement at all.
    03-12-2009, 08:18 PM
Ah, flexing! Spent my whole summer working on perfecting Drake's flex! Now he's so good at it! Wish it had only taken three tries. ;]

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