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    03-13-2012, 07:46 PM
Question I'm having a hard time getting my horse to WALK!

I ride a rescue horse at lessons each week. He isn't ridden much (I'm the only one who rides him) and its his only exercise I think each week. When I take him out, he has SO much energy! I've been flexing him on both sides, and only about 1/4 of the time it makes him calm down. I will have him flexing on both sides for a long time too, until I feel him give to me. Sometimes I do have problems realizing when he is submitting to me though since I'm still very new. Any suggestions? Or how can you tell when the horse submits? Thank you! :)
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    03-13-2012, 07:53 PM
Some horses you need to get on, and just canter then for a few minutes - THEN start your warm up, getting submission to the bridle etc.
Try getting on, walking for a couple of minutes, and then cantering nice big 20m circles and going large around the arena.
    03-13-2012, 08:27 PM
If you're checking for submission when you flex him side to side, hold the flex to one side, and when he drops his head, he's submitting and IMMEDIATELY praise and release.
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