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post #1 of 4 Old 12-15-2009, 09:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help Training Mare

Yes, My mare Lil' Bit is still learning how to ride. She saddles and bridles great, and she stands still to let you on her. The problem is she has to have someone leading her in front for her to go with someone on her back. How can I get her to where she can ride by herself? She is very gentle, just doesn't know the commands without someone walking in front of her. Please help me.
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post #2 of 4 Old 12-16-2009, 01:12 AM
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How old are you? How old is your horse? And have you ever trained a horse before?

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-16-2009, 11:01 AM
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leg pressure. or little taps on the butt. use a loose rein. let her go where she wants. if she moves forward while you apply pressure , take the pressure away as a reward...its a long slow process but she'll get it.
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-16-2009, 11:27 AM
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Sounds like the communication between you and your horse is visual--if she can see you she understands what you want. All of the cues when you are on her back are physical--touch or pressure.

Ride her with a friend leading her. Teach her the cues by applying the cue on her back and then ask your friend to reinforce the cue on the ground. Start with turning right and left, stopping and backing up.

If you don't know the proper cues for all of those things there are several good books about cues that you can find.

Once she learns the cues start directing her from the saddle while your friend goes passive--just walks around. Pretty soon you won't need your friend.
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