11-15-2010, 02:54 AM
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I agree that having someone help you reinforce your leg cue by leading the horse will help, IF she really doesn't understand what you are signalling.
I question that, however. My guess is that she knows you will not reinforce your request with a command and she can stand around and be nice and snuggley and lovey dovey and that's all she has to do.
First of all, using kissing sounds for a cue is not a good habit. Use your leg to signal forward, and if you want her to move forward, then you need to really "think forward" too. YOur body will transmit your INTENTION of going forward. You might have to really put your leg on and maybe tap her with a crop. When she goes forward, let her. Don't snathc the reins and shut her immediately down, it will punish her for going forward, as you just asked.
If she doesn't get it, and you have a friend lead her forward right after you ask and repeat several times. If she then wont go forward when asked, then you need to get serious about demanding.
I agree that lunging her will be really beneficial. If you have a round pen you can use that to sensitize her to pressure meaning "go forward". You would have to have someone show you how if you have never done any round pen work.
Try the friend for helper and teach her to forward from your leg with and without a KISS.