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post #1 of 13 Old 04-19-2014, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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how do you train your horse to trot while being led

Any tips on how to train your horse to trot along side you while being led.
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Most horses will trot from a cluck. If not carry a whip and reach behind your back on the left side and touch the horse (behind your fanny). Horse will trot. Then walk/stop/repeat. (Works easier if you do it next to a wall/fence as well so the horse will stop straight).
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Horses naturally speed up when you do most of the time. If not encourage the gait change by jogging first applying slight pressure to the lead line and kissing or clucking at them to assure them you want the gait sped up. Once achieved praise them well. Some are lazier than others lol
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Both of my mustangs thought I was insane when I first started jogging with the lead rope expecting them to follow me. I carried a long longeing whip with me and encouraged them to move forward with me (it was usually enough just to wave it, I rarely made contact with them). They caught on pretty quickly, but their initial response had actually been to slow down and raise their head.

In very extreme cases, you can have another person encourage the horse to move forward from behind. Mostly they just need to get the idea that what you want is for them to move out with you.
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(behind your fanny).
Eew! I am actually aware that Americans use this term differently, but reading it causes strange pictures of what you do with your whip, for a split second before my brain tells me I've misinterpreted! In case you're unaware, to us 'over the sea', fanny is slang for... a girl's 'front bottom'.
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It may also help to increase your energy by exaggerating your movements when first training the horse to trot in hand also. I subconsciously trained my filly to respond to the energy level that I was putting out, to the point that she actually would know I was about to ask her to trot before I even asked. Clucking or asking for a trot, and as someone else mentioned, also pointing a whip at their butts/swinging the rope behind them may also help the horse 'get it'. However it is important to have some form of verbal cue at first, and to use it consistently, so the horse doesn't become dependent on the whip.
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Eew! I am actually aware that Americans use this term differently, but reading it causes strange pictures of what you do with your whip, for a split second before my brain tells me I've misinterpreted! In case you're unaware, to us 'over the sea', fanny is slang for... a girl's 'front bottom'.
well, talking about a horse in a "float" or "floating" your horse conjures up images of some kind of horse balloon, floating.

So there!

And "agistment"? What kind of weird word is that? I have never heard that , ever, in any kind of usage. But "board"? Yes, we have the human equivalent. It makes sense.


You Aussies have your share of weird language usage, believe you me!
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^Yeah, wasn't there noise about starting a thread on different terms & slang of different areas? No wukken furries!
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I have met many horses who are unwilling to trot in hand, however with my current horse I started trotting him on the lunge and then taking the lunge shorter so I am just a few feet away from him, trotting in circle.. we still have to work on stops and turns, but we are getting there.. Usually all I need is to cluck to get him to trot but we started with swinging the rope or using a riding stick...

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My favorite advice comes, IIRC, from the Duke of Newcastle's "A New Method and Extraordinary Invention to Dress Horses and Work them according to Nature" in the 1600s. You have your footmen tie an angry cat to the end of a long pole. They then trot with the horse, holding the angry cat near the rump when the horse loses speed.

It seems like it ought to work like a champ, but alas! I have neither footmen nor an ample supply of angry cats, so I have not tried it myself.
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