Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Southern Colorado
I can't get my mare to turn a tight one rein spin/circle...?
My mare neck reins like an angel, always has. I've been working with her and getting her ready to start reining training. What I've been doing is working from big circles and going into smaller and smaller ones. When I get into the middle to start the one rain turn/spin, she does this thing where she arches her neck and just tries to step out into a bigger circle again...not that she completely refuses, I just don't think she gets it. I've tried working from smaller to bigger circles and vise versa again, but when I ask her to cross over her front feet and just move off of her back end, she gets confused and frustrated quickly, so I usually just move off and go back to it a few minutes later to try again. She will stop off her hind end, she turns and changes leads etc. That's not the issue because we have all of the basics down.
I'm just looking for some tips or advice on different ways to move her off of her back end before I try this again maybe? Even if there is a way to make it easier for her to understand and take it in slower and smaller steps, that would be great. I went to the local arena and asked a few trainers that worked there, and they said she just needs time to catch on so i'm not too sure...anything helps. Thanks!
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