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post #1 of 6 Old 07-20-2011, 05:06 PM Thread Starter
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Side pass anyone?

Any suggestions on how to teach a horse to side pass? Or are there any videos you'd recommend?

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post #2 of 6 Old 07-20-2011, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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I mean under saddle, not on the ground. I don't know what kind of cues I should give in the saddle that would let her know what I'm looking for. And walking her into the fence doesn't work, which is a method I've heard of (ask her to go forward while facing the fence, and she'll realize the only way she can go is sideways). She just backs up, and up, and up, until she runs into something or I get her turned around.

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post #3 of 6 Old 07-20-2011, 08:53 PM
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Does your horse know how to move away from your leg? That's how my horse learned. Leg pressure on one side means move away from the pressure. Then I added some light pressure on the reins to keep her from going forwards. She's still learning it so sometimes I have to move my leg back or forward to get her to move either the front or back (whatever is lagging). Ideally they would move together and you get that snazzy crossing under of the legs. I think it looks so nice when it's done right! Good luck and don't get frustrated!
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You need to have it established from the ground first. Break it into two parts: Moving the haunches over, and moving the shoulder over. On the ground, apply pressure behind the shoulder and behind the girth to move each end of the body. When you transfer it to the saddle, with your leg giving the pressure, work up to being able to alternate between both to achieve that sideways motion.
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-20-2011, 09:24 PM
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What cue do you use on the ground? Your cue on the ground should be: stand at her side, near her shoulder, crop in hand. Tap her side slightly behind the girth with your crop and angle her head slightly towards you. She should sidepass neatly away from you in response to the crop on her side. Teaching it this way makes it much easier to translate under saddle.

The cue under saddle is as follows: Using your right leg, nudge her behind the girth, the same spot she takes her crop cues from. Angle her head slightly to the right, using a little left rein to keep her from over turning her head. If she has a habit of going forwards, keep a little pressure on both reins to prevent that. If she has a habit of going back, use more leg and less rein until you find a balance. Your leg left should be completely off her side, "opening the door" for her to move right. Sit balanced in the saddle, straight and not leaning in either direction. Keep your aids quiet and CLEAR.

Reverse cues to go the other way, naturally.
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-21-2011, 12:42 AM
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Yes I agree with start on the ground. If you don't, you'll wear your legs out trying to get results
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