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post #1 of 6 Old 07-26-2009, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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Need Some Training Advice

I'm re-training a green broke 4 yr old MFT gelding and I'm having problems turning him.

Every time I try to turn him right he turns his head all around, touches his shoulder and sidesteps until I release the pressure on the bit.

Any Ideas on how to fix this?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-26-2009, 04:30 PM
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I'm not sure, but try to force him walk.

When you turn right, his head goes all right, you encourage him to walk, would he go around himself with his whole body?

Maybe when you do this (making him walk by force when turning) repeatedly and interchangeably between right and left sides, he'll get used to what you want him to do!

I hope I got your point right!

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-26-2009, 06:28 PM
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MFT are notorious for walking like gumpy. They can bend in so many different ways yet walk in a perfect straight line. I would work on leg cues. I don't know what saddle/discipline you use, but try teaching him that pressure from the leg means pushing his shoulders left and right.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-26-2009, 06:49 PM
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I would agree to say use your inside leg to ask his body to move. He may shoulder out a little at first, but at least he'll learn that you're asking for an entire body movement and you're not just doing some stretching exercise. Lol You can smooth that out with forward motion into the turn, too. I've also used barrels and standards etc as things to turn around so that they get a better understanding of what I'm asking them to do. I take them out to the pasture, too, where we have trees and weave them around the trees.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-26-2009, 10:44 PM
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Lots and lots of turn on the forehand to reinforce the idea of 'leg=over'. I'd work on getting him to turn off the leg as opposed to using inside rein. I'd also make sure that you're using enough outside rein to control the amount of bend you're getting, so he can't turn into a pretzel.

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-27-2009, 01:21 AM
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Well, if you are eventually giving into 'his' request for release, then you are the one that needs to just keep the pressure on, until he starts giving. You are teaching him that if he flexes his neck and sidesteps long enough, that you are eventually going to just let go and let him walk off which ever way he wants...

What you need to do is just make your cue clearly known; lift the rein, squeeze your leg, and ask him to turn...if he overbends, and starts sidestepping, then just sit with him until he figures out that you aren't going to release the pressure; when he stops, and shifts his weight even one or two steps to the right, release ALL pressure and praise!

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