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    07-15-2011, 12:47 PM
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Weanling
How to train to stand like a halter horse.

I couldn't think of a better way to describe my question.

I used to show halter class when I was younger, and I remember our trainer using the term "box up" to describe how their feet need to be when they're standing in the ring for judging. I was wondering how you trained them to do that-- I remember having to kick my gelding's feet into position (I was really really tiny, being 9, and wasn't big enough to pick up his feet like you're supposed to). I'd like to give Ginger, my "retired" halter horse a refresher course in standing still, and giving that halter horse pose. I'd also like to teach Duncan (my year old gelding) to do it as well, just so I can get some good pictures of him haha. I've already trained Duncan to stand on a platform for simple trick training, and he'll stand pretty still on that, I guess I just want to know where to go from there.
     
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    07-15-2011, 01:07 PM
  #2
Yearling
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Originally Posted by musicalmarie1    
I couldn't think of a better way to describe my question.

I used to show halter class when I was younger, and I remember our trainer using the term "box up" to describe how their feet need to be when they're standing in the ring for judging. I was wondering how you trained them to do that-- I remember having to kick my gelding's feet into position (I was really really tiny, being 9, and wasn't big enough to pick up his feet like you're supposed to). I'd like to give Ginger, my "retired" halter horse a refresher course in standing still, and giving that halter horse pose. I'd also like to teach Duncan (my year old gelding) to do it as well, just so I can get some good pictures of him haha. I've already trained Duncan to stand on a platform for simple trick training, and he'll stand pretty still on that, I guess I just want to know where to go from there.
I call it squaring up. It's the best position to accurately judge a horse's conformation because its feet are square and even, and its legs straight. I used to wiggle around in the saddle in order to make my old horse square up (make him balance himself) but always had trouble squaring him up on the ground. Savanna just stops square naturally. Otherwise, I don't know how to "train" it really. My friend said if you are try to square a horse up, you need to do the back feet before the front feet. Shift the weight to the back ? I don't know! This is my sub, cause I'd like to know as well.
     
    07-15-2011, 01:26 PM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Equilove    
I call it squaring up.
Duh! That's the term I was looking for! That would have made more sense in my post's title. -facepalm-
     
    07-15-2011, 02:50 PM
  #4
Yearling
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Originally Posted by musicalmarie1    
Duh! That's the term I was looking for! That would have made more sense in my post's title. -facepalm-
Haha :P At first I thought, "She wants it to stand like a halter horse? So, she wants it to be lame?" Lol, just kidding ;)
     
    07-15-2011, 10:27 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Equilove    
Haha :P At first I thought, "She wants it to stand like a halter horse? So, she wants it to be lame?" Lol, just kidding ;)
Hahaha... I really couldn't think of the term, and I thought "how to stand in a box" or "with boxed feet" might have seemed strange.
     
    07-16-2011, 08:44 AM
  #6
Yearling
To "square up" a horse the hind legs are squared first then the front legs. To get the front legs squared up, which ever leg needs to take one step forward put just enough pressure with the halter lead in the opposite direction to encourage that one step forward. Practicing the squaring up will help lots.
     
    07-16-2011, 11:10 AM
  #7
Weanling
It helps to remember to square up the back feet you can use the opposite front foot to move the hind foot back. Use a combination of the halter & your toe. I tell my mare "little bit" when trying to fine tune the stance...if her left hind foot is behind...then chances are her right front foot is also a little bit behind square...so I take my toe and tap her left front foot to move her right back foot to square up with the left...just remember you use the opposite front foot to move the back foot...it takes some finesse and very light pressure...sometimes you are asking them to only move an inch..."little bit" is my cue to tell her we are working on her stance...it is a good idea to keep her squared up as much as possible and use every opportunity to get her to do it too. And when they get it and do it make a great big fuss with lots of praise. I think it took me a few days getting mine square...working in little chunks BUT it just takes some patience and a light touch.
     

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