Originally Posted by Horsecrazy4ever
thank you! But how do you teach your horse to move on the forehand and the haunches? Thanks =)
First teach him the concept. Tap your horse on the rump until he moves his butt away from you (just his butt - front legs stationary - and you want his back legs to cross). As soon as he does, reward him by leaving him alone for a second. Eventually you want to be able to just barely touch his hip and he'll move. Once he does that, he's grasped the concept of moving over on his forehand. Then you teach him the cue: Start tapping him where your leg would be touching him - on his barrel - till he moves over.
Shoulders can be a bit more difficult. The weight needs to be on his hindquarters, so shift him back with the halter until he looks like he is about to take a step back. When you ask him to move his shoulder over, tap tap tap with the whip and sort of walk into his shoulder, to encourage him to move. You remove each 'crutch' one at a time... first you stop using the halter, then you stop walking into the shoulder, etc. All you want to have to do is tap, and get him to cross over. Then you'll tap him on his barrel, but closer to where the girth will be. You don't tap in the same area that you would if you were asking to move the hindquarters over.