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.
Agree and this does work!