I had my ground work lesson with one of the barns trainers and when we worked with my horse together it went okay.
She showed me how to ask my horse to "ho".
So say my horse is on the rail in the RP on the lounge line and walking. I am in the triangle position and I give the voice command Ho. If I have no response I then give a slight tug on the lounge line repeating the "Ho. Command in a sharp kind of tone.
My horse is 8 and has not really been worked with in a long while. About 4-5 yrs. So he has some bad habbits and I am certain I do too...lol
Anyhow. When practicing he is in a flash nose band bridle with a surrcingel and side reins. He has a loose ring snaffle on. I have two Loose rings. One is a 5 inch and one is a 5.5. He is a TB and I think he fidgets with the 5.5 more than the 5 so I tried the 5 again yesterday. All in all I do not really know that either one makes a difference. I feel the 5.5 fits better.
So my issue is this. For one thing I feel so stupid out there saying Ho Ho Ho ho ho ho...until he finally stops which he eventually does. He kind of saunters into the complete stop.
When I continually ask for him to stop, the trainer had told me to shorten the line just a bit each time I give a tugg on the lounge line. What ends up happening is both the horse and I will spiral in towards the middle of the round pen. Or even if we are in an open area we spiral in.
Now in the past I have taken horses from the Race track and retrained them but most were a lot younger and had just come right off the track so there was no time off in between their training etc. I have not had such a hard time in teaching this as I am having this time. And, it has been years since I have done this...
I guess I am frustrated and should not be. I do not take it out on my horse and I really try and be as patient as possible while working with him because if I get frustrated he will sense it and then get frustrated too which is not the purpose.
We usually work 5 days a week and he has 2 days off. Sometimes 3 depending on what is going on with my life. Some days are better than others and on really good days where I am not asking 25 times for him to Ho, I will quickly move on and stop the session in a short amount of time if he is real good. I always try to end on a positive note so we are both in a good place upon ending the session.
Lately I have really been making sure he has enough time to warm up.
What do you all think??? Am I doing alright so far and just need more time to work on this?
The trainer was out of town for a week and just came back so I will try and set up another session for next week.
Hope you all can share your experiences with teaching a horse to lounge and Ho. My horse was taught to RP a lot so he likes to come into the center which I would eventually like to have him not do while lounging....
Oh we are mostly walking and slow trotting. I am trying to build some muscle along his topline and spine..
Any advice will be great!