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post #31 of 34 Old 10-07-2011, 03:58 AM
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im not saying don't push your horse forward. Your horse has to understand how to go forward on cue, that's a given. I'm just saying that the way in which you stop your horse has more to do with how "forward" sensitive your horse is than how hard/much you kick.
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post #32 of 34 Old 10-07-2011, 08:01 AM
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So anyways, the passanger lessons are simple. Squeeze (gently), cluck, spank.
The squeeze is our signal, the cluck is our warning, and the spank is our reprimand. I never kick horses anymore. Not because I think it's cruel and that people who kick precious horses are terrible people, lol, but because I find it less effective. Not only does it effect our seat, but it causes the horse to be tensein the shoulders and midsection. Kinda cuts through the flow of things.

So squeeze (gently), cluck, and spank (on the shoulder or bum depending on where your horse reacts better, and preferably with something that makes a slapping noise. The point is not to beat them into it, but instead bug the heck out of them until they give to the pressure, and maybe give them a little sting of shame.) as soon as they break into a canter, reward by releasing all aspects of pressure.

The other aspect of this exercise, is to do it on a loose rein and let the horse go wherever it wants. This is what cures the stickiness at certain areas of the arena. If the horse wants to be at the gate, fine. But it will offer no rest to its weary soul. If they want to canter circles at the gate, fine, let them, and as soon as they break away from the gate, let them rest. This will teach the horse to be responsible for its own feet and stay at its cruise setting. And don't nag. If the horse feels like it's going to break to a trot, let them, and -then- correct them for it. Let them commit to the mistake. Eventually your horse will learn that the only release of pressure it will receive will be when it's going the desired speed. And then all is happy with the world.
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Agree and this does work!
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post #33 of 34 Old 10-07-2011, 11:53 PM
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I am by no means a pro, but my horse has a tendency to slow or stop while in a trot or canter and he was a bit lazy/testy at the start. From some advice on here, I have acquired the habit of cluck, leg pressure, kick, and then some annoying taps with the quirt. After about two weeks of this constant routine, Hank moves at the cluck or leg pressure. The quirt is only used when he is being absolutely ornery. I also found that I have a tendency to tighten up the reigns while at a faster gait, so I've been working on more leg control and keeping my hands completely loose...neck reigning does wonders as well.
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I am by no means a pro, but my horse has a tendency to slow or stop while in a trot or canter and he was a bit lazy/testy at the start. From some advice on here, I have acquired the habit of cluck, leg pressure, kick, and then some annoying taps with the quirt. After about two weeks of this constant routine, Hank moves at the cluck or leg pressure. The quirt is only used when he is being absolutely ornery. I also found that I have a tendency to tighten up the reigns while at a faster gait, so I've been working on more leg control and keeping my hands completely loose...neck reigning does wonders as well.
This is my problem, too. I bought a 'night latch' to put on my western saddle (works kind of like a grab/carry strap on an English saddle) and I hook a finger through that to keep my hands still and give me some sense of security so that I can keep the reins looser and my hands light. I know it's cheating but I swear it's helping to make me a better rider and I know for sure it's helping me keep my gelding soft and mentally relaxed.
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