Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Northern Ontario
How To Get Better Results With Sharp Turns?
Let me explain...
My guy's an OTTB, and a wonderful horse 99% of the time. He moves easily off cues, and we do a lot of trail riding. He knows his basics like stop, walk, trot, canter and - of course - gallop. He gets his leads correctly about 75% of the time and is a very good horse and very willing, which is why I know that my issue is something I'm doing wrong.
I don't have much of a riding arena where I am, and in fact the only substitute is the field where the horses eat, which is currently a sea of lumpy, icy, snow. My area for riding is normally the trails, which is where I do most of my training.
I'm trying to teach my horse to turn quickly and efficently a full 180 degrees ... it can come in handy when on trail rides with large groups and Nikki can do it when he's going away from the barn and asked to turn back very easily. He's done it as fast as a slow lope.
But going the oposite way is a fight. If we're already heading towards the barn and I ask him to do a 180. He fights for about 10-15 seconds before doing a big sloppy, put me in the trees turn. I ask the same way in both direction. First I apply leg to just behind his girth, then I pick up the outside rein, I turn my body slightly, laying it across his neck, and then I pull his nose around to my knee.
Going away and then turning toward the barn, I rarely have to even touch the reins, because he's already turning....
How do I get the same results going both ways?
A canter is a cure for every evil. ~Benjamin Disraeli