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        04-20-2010, 11:24 PM
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    Rideable, now what?

    Ok..so I've got a "just turned 4" year old appy mare. I've only had her since she was 2 and she wasnt but barely halter broke. After a long year a half, two years she is totally bomb proof (although I know theres no such thing..but we like to think so )...i ride her all the time bareback with a halter and two lead lines, with a saddle, bridle and just a plain o ring snaffle, and she does great. Backs up great, neck stretches great on both sides, responds well to my leg, whoas when I tell her to, she's light on the mouth...so theres where im stuck. This is my first time training all by my self. I don't know what to do next. She's either gotten lazy or im doing something wrong (which is probably the case)..but its hard as heck to get her into a trot..shes just doesnt wanna go. You can squeeze, kick, as hard as ya want...ive tried just tappin her on the but with a crop, on the neck, everything. She just don't wanna go lol...what shall I do? I wanna move to that next step just not sure how to go about it.
         
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        04-20-2010, 11:37 PM
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    Does she lunge? If you can teach her a verbal cue on the lunge line for trot [like "trot" or a clicking/kissing noise], you can apply it to the saddle. This is also something you can do in hand. Walk her around, give your verbal cue and trot! She may not be sure that you're squeezing and kicking actually means trot. After all, you don't squeeze of kick while lunging. Hence the verbal cue.

    Another suggestion is to have a "leader" on the ground to coax her into a trot. Walk along with your "leader" at your horse's ear, give your cue to trot, and the "leader" can encourage her to step up. Or an alternative is to have someone lunge you while riding, and the lunger can then enforce the trot after you have given your cue.
         
        04-21-2010, 12:05 AM
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    Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
    Does she lunge? If you can teach her a verbal cue on the lunge line for trot [like "trot" or a clicking/kissing noise], you can apply it to the saddle. This is also something you can do in hand. Walk her around, give your verbal cue and trot! She may not be sure that you're squeezing and kicking actually means trot. After all, you don't squeeze of kick while lunging. Hence the verbal cue.

    Another suggestion is to have a "leader" on the ground to coax her into a trot. Walk along with your "leader" at your horse's ear, give your cue to trot, and the "leader" can encourage her to step up. Or an alternative is to have someone lunge you while riding, and the lunger can then enforce the trot after you have given your cue.
    yes, she lunges wonderfully! All I do is say trot..and she trots..i say walk and she walks...i smooch and she canters...but she doesnt get that when im actually on her...ive gotten her into a trot a few times. When she's at a stand still, I giver her s slight squeeze and she walks..so the few times I've actually gotten her into a trot, I've just squeezed a little harder with a slight bump...i don't actually kick her...i don't really believe in that. And the only thing im just worried about in the round pen is her getting to close to the fence and taking my leg off lol...i don't know if she'd understand not getting that close...i guess having someone lunge her with a line so she can't get that close isnt a bad idea...ill try that!
         

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