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post #11 of 14 Old 10-06-2009, 10:24 PM
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LOL, no I mean keep the horse's feet stationary. Make sure that they stand still and bend their nose each way until they are supple enough to please you (if they have never had this done though, it is likely he will turn in small circles at first. Just keep that rein tight until his feet stop and neck is soft and flexible). Then back a couple of steps and squeeze for the walk. I try not to tippytoe around my horses and when I get on, I move my legs around adjusting my stirrups and seat until I am comfortable and expect them to stand until given the very clear cue to move. That way, they will never mistake a stirrup adjustment as a cue to pick up the pace.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-07-2009, 12:33 AM
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I agree with Smrobs advice on this one

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post #13 of 14 Old 10-07-2009, 12:46 AM
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I'm with Smrobs too. I'm also for whoever said to mount and dismount a LOT. My horse tends to walk off as soon as I get on, and it only took a few days of backing her up a few steps and then making her wait before I clearly asked for her to walk on. She's tall, I didn't want to use up all my energy trying to get on and off, haha.

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post #14 of 14 Old 10-07-2009, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone and thank you smrobs for the clarification. I'm an adjuster person too. Before we begin, I want to be fully seated, legs just so, etc. I'm thinking he's decided all my moving around must be a cue for him to move.

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