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    06-25-2008, 08:31 AM
  #1
Foal
Leg aids

Hi

My filly is green broken but she is very dead at the leg (her leg aids are crap lol)
How could I improve her???
I need her to be able to side pass, pivot on the forehand and hind ect...


Thanks
XX
     
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    06-25-2008, 09:28 AM
  #2
Showing
As I asked in a previous post, How old is your horse and how much riding and ground work has she had? How much experience in training have you had?

When I start a young horse I start them from the ground. To teach a horse to yield to pressure I start by holding their head with a lead rope and push using my hand (or training stick) on the girth area. A horse will not yield to your leg if it does not know what it is supposed to do and you can't effectively teach that from the saddle at first - it needs to be taught from the ground then transfered to the saddle.

To teach a horse to side pass (let's say to the right) I'll hold his head slightly to the left while pushing with my hand on his left side at the girth area. By holding his head he can't more forward so the only way he has to go is sidewards. Again, once this is learned on the ground I'll transfer it to the saddle. A side pass is performed in the saddle the way you taught it on the ground, holding slight left rein and pushing with your left leg.

I'll start the procedure untacked then tacked then from the saddle.

Good luck!
     
    06-25-2008, 09:39 AM
  #3
Started
Iride pretty much covered it, that's more or less what I do as well.
     
    06-25-2008, 09:56 AM
  #4
Trained
Sounds like what I would do.
     
    06-25-2008, 08:36 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks that makes a ton of sense I think I was just expecting too much from her.
She is still young and has had around 4 weeks or more with me under saddle and about 3 weeks training with someone else. I have always been doing ground work with her but mainly lounging. I have been finding it hard to get her to pivot on her hind off the ground
I will see how she goes.

Thanks
XX
     
    06-26-2008, 07:07 AM
  #6
Trained
Just make sure you don't push her too far too fast :) if she is so new under saddle don't forget to give her a break after a while and let her soak it all in and rest :)
     
    06-26-2008, 12:59 PM
  #7
Foal
Just don't start using spurs, I know that many people would think the next step would be to force the horse with spurs. Just remember that spurs are a collection aide, and are not intended for discipline. I would use a dressage whip if she still doesn't get it if the above advice doesn't work.
     
    06-27-2008, 03:08 PM
  #8
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by iridehorses
As I asked in a previous post, How old is your horse and how much riding and ground work has she had? How much experience in training have you had?

When I start a young horse I start them from the ground. To teach a horse to yield to pressure I start by holding their head with a lead rope and push using my hand (or training stick) on the girth area. A horse will not yield to your leg if it does not know what it is supposed to do and you can't effectively teach that from the saddle at first - it needs to be taught from the ground then transfered to the saddle.

To teach a horse to side pass (let's say to the right) I'll hold his head slightly to the left while pushing with my hand on his left side at the girth area. By holding his head he can't more forward so the only way he has to go is sidewards. Again, once this is learned on the ground I'll transfer it to the saddle. A side pass is performed in the saddle the way you taught it on the ground, holding slight left rein and pushing with your left leg.

I'll start the procedure untacked then tacked then from the saddle.

Good luck!
Excellent response. If the horse is not responding to your leg or not responding to anything else for that matter, it just means there is a gap in training somewhere.
     
    06-27-2008, 11:13 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by iridehorses
As I asked in a previous post, How old is your horse and how much riding and ground work has she had? How much experience in training have you had?

When I start a young horse I start them from the ground. To teach a horse to yield to pressure I start by holding their head with a lead rope and push using my hand (or training stick) on the girth area. A horse will not yield to your leg if it does not know what it is supposed to do and you can't effectively teach that from the saddle at first - it needs to be taught from the ground then transfered to the saddle.

To teach a horse to side pass (let's say to the right) I'll hold his head slightly to the left while pushing with my hand on his left side at the girth area. By holding his head he can't more forward so the only way he has to go is sidewards. Again, once this is learned on the ground I'll transfer it to the saddle. A side pass is performed in the saddle the way you taught it on the ground, holding slight left rein and pushing with your left leg.

I'll start the procedure untacked then tacked then from the saddle.

Good luck!




Hi

I'am doing that now and it is going well I think LOL but she is getting cunning and is going backwards??? What to I do there???

Sorry to be a pain.
XX
     
    06-28-2008, 08:20 AM
  #10
Showing
Then you need to be more assurtive. If he starts to back up I would halt him (or half halt), drive him forward sternly, then start again. You need to be in control and not allow him to think he is.
     

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