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post #1 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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Halter Classes

Hi there :)
I have a couple questions regarding halter classes..
First question, is there anyway to get a horse to automaticially set up?(Stand square) Or even sooner? My horse knows how to set up and get square but he only occasionally stops square, or sets up automaticially. I always have to move him around a bit and set him up. Just anything other then repitition?
Second question, my horse is very laid back and maybe even a little lazy, so when I school in halter, I started carrying a dressage whip. He started scootching his back end away and halter is all about traveling straight. He's fine on the rail and when we're going, but sometimes when were starting or stopping he moves his back end and a pattern isn't on the wall so I'm wondering if there's anyway to fix this, improve this?
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 09:20 PM
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Halter or Showmanship --> practice, practice, practice. If you want your horse to set up quickly in world-class style, you need to spend a minimum of 30 minutes per day practicing. And you need to handle your horse like you are doing showmanship/halter ALL OF THE TIME. If you slack at all, your horse picks up those bad habits.

What do you mean he moves his back end while riding? He's not traveling straight? If that is the case, you need to use your legs to correct him and straighten him out.

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Halter or Showmanship --> practice, practice, practice. If you want your horse to set up quickly in world-class style, you need to spend a minimum of 30 minutes per day practicing. And you need to handle your horse like you are doing showmanship/halter ALL OF THE TIME. If you slack at all, your horse picks up those bad habits.

What do you mean he moves his back end while riding? He's not traveling straight? If that is the case, you need to use your legs to correct him and straighten him out.
Yeah I figured repetition is the way to do it!
No, no sorry, I meant like when I'm schooling halter. Not under saddle :)
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Sounds like you're talking about showmanship and not halter. ;)

1. Yes. Lots and lots of training. My filly will automatically set up when I do it consistently. So when you practice, set up your horse frequently. Make sure you mix up how many strides/movements/etc. you do before you set up or your horse will not learn.

2. More practicing. Only use a dressage whip at home. For getting your horse to trot in hand, first walk faster. If he doesn't respond, start kissing. If he still doesn't respond then start tapping him with the dressage whip, increasing the pressure until he trots (then stop when he does). Eventually you won't need the dressage whip. Also watch where you are going, you may be a factor why you aren't traveling straight. Pick a spot and go right to it.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 09:38 PM
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Im not a halter or showmanship person and don't have much to answer your questions... but when training simple horses who don't like to trot in hand I start out by just practicing up and down transitions in the walk. I'll walk disgustingly slow until the horse is really frustrated by it, then let him out into a loose speedy walk. I'll often get a trot after that without much work. I even practice transitions in the trot. I want them to be with me at any gait I choose, if I trot slower I want him trotting slower not walking. You make the wrong thing uncomfortable, walking grossly slow but very focused and trotting nice and breezy.
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