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post #1 of 3 Old 12-04-2012, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help with responsiveness on the ground?

I do quite a lot of ground work with my horse with a rope halter and 12ft lead. He has learned all sorts of tricks like bowing and spanish walk but when im just doing backing up or walking forward a few steps it takes a lot of pushing and flicking him with the rope to make him move. Any ideas on how I can get him responding immediately?
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-05-2012, 06:22 PM
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Have you tried verbal cues? Also make sure you are being clear with your ask.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-05-2012, 11:48 PM
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Backing up is one of the things horses don't like doing because it means they aren't the leader. Are you nagging by tapping at the horse? Sometimes one good whack gets their attention better than 100 little taps....

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