Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
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.
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