Originally Posted by ThursdayNext
He also memorizes patterns super fast. I can't practice something like leg yields or turns on the forehand, more than 3 times before he starts offering to do them without the aids.
OMG do they remember patterns! THAT'S why people suggest you don't practice Dressage tests to death, or else your horse will do them on his own. (I figure it's best to practice the test on the horse that ISN'T going to be shown, so your show horse is fresh.)
I agree with the study. I teach my horses a LOT of English bc I like to have them do things with verbal commands such as exit the turnout and go directly to their stalls when it's muddy, since it's only 15 ft. From the gate to the barn door, instead of me walking into 6 inches of slop. My horses know how to "open the gate", know that we're going to the "Field" (my big north pasture), and I like to teach them the English for every cue. This winter my 5yo KMHSA is going to learn "park", so I can get all 16'3hh of him to park out when I mount.
Gee, it's nice when a University tells us what we already knew!! =b