05-25-2012, 11:37 PM
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YOu dont' have to go to hard blows, yet.
Put the halter on ( and if you are not using a rope halter, get one and use it for this training). You need a LONG lead llne, like 12 feet. You walk forward with purpose in your step. He will do nothing, and he will hit the end of the line (or what I mean is that all the slack will be taken out) have about 5 feet of line between your hand and the halter. When he hits the end of the line, you say, "Late!" and you take that long tail end of the long lead line and swing it out and around you to "bite" him in his side. He will likely leap either sideways or backwards, right? Dont' care. You keep forward tension on the line, you swing the rope and when he moves, you take a step forward . He'll hit the end of the rope again, you make him move his feet, disallwoing him to take the rope out of your hands. You take a step forward when his feet are moving . If he moves forward with you, then you can walk forward a few step. DO NOT pull the slack out of the line. If he comes forward, there will be slack in the line, do not take it up. Let it float between you.
HIs job it to keep that slack out of the line by coming forward when he feel the rope pull on him. When he gets stuck, you use that tail end of the line to "unstick" his feet. Don't worry what direction he goes, at first, just unstick his feet, get him to move them and take a forward step and direct his movement forward.
You stay in front of the horse. YOu do not chase his hindquarters so you don't end up circling. You stay in front. If you need to make him move, you use his movement in any direction to free him up and direct his feet to follow you.