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    01-21-2008, 09:48 PM

During my ride today I thought I'd try and see if I could get my horse to turn on the forehand and haunches. The forehand wasn't that great and she didn't understand what I was asking. The haunches were much better. I asked for a couple steps and she barely moved her back feet in both directions. I haven't decided if this is something I want to train her to do. I was just doing it for fun. If I were to continue doing this what would be the benefits to her? And also just to check myself, how to I ask for a turn on the forehand? I used my leg and a little rein. And I had her standing towards the wall so she wouldn't move forward. Didn't work out to well. Any advice?
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    01-21-2008, 09:58 PM
Pivoting will benefit if your horse is a show horse, because when you show WP instead of a regular turn, pivots on the haunches are preferred. So if you show your horse, or ever plan on selling him as a a show horse, then yes, I recommend teach your horse to pivot.

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