Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
get him to move his hip over maybe? My horse very rarely turns his butt to me anymore because I did a VERY long lunging session with him. Everytime I let him stop if he turned his butt to me I made him go, and I didnt let him stop until he turned and faced me.
But in my lessons right now we are doing alot of ground work, and one of the things we are working one is controling his hip and the direction he turns. My instructor told me that when your working with them on the ground with lunging etc when they turn, if they turn to the outside/away from you they are trying to get away so what you wants is for them to turn to the inside/towards you.
I'll try and explain the hip over exersize we were working on last lesson, but i'm horrible at explaining things so...bear with me please, and feel free to ask questions to clarify because.. well as I said I suck as explaining things (its why I didnt consider riding instructor as a career lol)
We were doing this in an arena, but she said it works better in a round ring sometimes.basicly she has me lung him on a small circle so I still had controle, but he had a nice bend. So I would lung him a few circles and then when he got just past the half way point of his circle I would back up towards the wall, so I was a horse lenth/half a horse length away from it. So my horse would have the option of either a) stoping and respecting my persinal space or b) charging through my space which is dispespectful. If he chose option b) you smack his butt (with a crop/whip) on his way by, sort of like how a horse would bite him if he had done that. Now if he chose option a) he can either stop, or turn and go the other direction. My horse stoped and faced me. When he did that I had to pay attencion to his body. I wanted him in a direct line facing me. Usually his hip was kinda cocked out/not a straight line. So it poiint the whip at it and he'd move it over. Once he did that i'd "disengage" my whip as a reward. If needed you could tap them with the whip etc.
Basicly what this exersize is doing is giving you complete controle over there movement/hip and also putting alot of stress that they have to respect you and your persinal space...
Anyways I HOPE that made sence, but it probabaly didnt..... if, by chance you understand a word of what I was saying. Hopefully it was some help and was relivent to your horses training/needs.
But you now understand why I will never be a riding instructor haha somewhere between my brain and my mouth my words get all jumbled up and confused