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post #1 of 2 Old 06-08-2013, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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How to train a pivot?

Hey all :) I'm new here! First post, because I have a big question!
I know how to make a horse that's trained to pivot, pivot, but I don't know how to *train* a horse to pivot. I've been looking up youtube videos and going to the end of the internet, and I still haven't made much progress with my horse.
He's alright with moving off pressure (sometimes he gets confused, but he gets the jist) and we're alright with sidepassing on the ground and everything, but we're entering a showmanship class just for kicks, and I want him to be able to pivot well. I picked up through my research that I should take it one step at a time, so far I can get him to take two correct steps, but then he walks out of it. We've been working on this for several days now and I'm getting slightly frustrated :P
Any tips on how to train a pivot?
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-08-2013, 02:16 PM
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Have him standing still, take your finger, n poke his shoulder, harder n harder, till he moves his front end, just one step, then stop n pet him, n say good boy! Keep doing that, n then working on just dong with the halter n lead rope, (you can cluck) n ask him to do it like any other would that knows it, n he should move over, n pivot.
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