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post #1 of 3 Old 09-29-2012, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Mule wont respond to leg cues

My mule Doesnt really seem to respond to my leg cues, especially when turning. I started teaching her to leg yeild a week ago and she was doing good, and when were out on the trail she does all right, but when were riding at the house doing circles she tries to walk out of the turn especially when trotting. I did notice that after awhile on the trail last week she was moving off my seat, but the other day she wasnt really listening to it either. I know she must be listening to my leg when I leg yeild her or side pass, but why she wont move off my leg when turning I don't know. A couple people told me to try blunts or spurs and they didnt help. The more leg pressure I put on her the more she pushes back.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-29-2012, 12:42 PM
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Well it's only been a week!
You'll need to reinforce with whatever the original que was for a while, im sure she'll get it.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-29-2012, 03:40 PM
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Don't give up and take the pressure off before she gives you an acceptable response. What she is doing when you remove the pressure is what you are training her to do. So, don't let up until you get the correct response.

You may have the use a small crop and tap her behind your leg. Use an audible "Smooch" at the same time you tap her. Take all of the pressure off as soon as she moves off the aids. Very quickly, she will pick up that if you ask with your leg and add a smooch, she needs to respond before she feels the crop. You can then gradually remove one aid at a time until you have her responding to just the lightest tightening of your leg; you will not even have to use your heel if you do it right.

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