I am teaching my 2 year old gelding showmanship. Because of the ground work and control, among several other things that my trainers and I are working on of course. I have been working with two trainers. Both are fabulous horsewomen and so knowledgable and helpful. Trainer 1 has told me to extend my right arm foward and make a fist and have the lead on my arm close to the bend of my elbow. Also to hold the rest of the lead held around to my side tight. (If that made any sense). I was working on it that way but Vegas never would lead into a trot. After I asked him and then begged him to go into a trot I finally decided to hold the lead line like normal and let the other end of the lead rope down and smacked my leg with it. I was able to get him into a trot and be more relaxed, which trainer 2 told me to do. Which is better? Trainer 1 says that gives Vegas a focual point, but trainer 2 says its a way to get him started so that I would have to retrain him holding the lead normally anyway. Both trainers I trust so much, but I am confused, Not only are they helping me train my horse, they are training me also. I am a barrel racer, poles and trails kind of gal, so this slow ground stuff is confusing me
I just want it done correctly. My boy is only 2, I want to train him for barrels when he is like 5 or 6. I want to learn everything and help train him myself.