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post #1 of 12 Old 06-02-2009, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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side passes and haunches in/out

Since I cannot ride I still want to be active with my horses.

They all know the basics of long lining. I actually had a very good lesson with Vega on Sunday and started to incoorporate some ground poles and obstacles (going around barrels, going through jump standards, etc)

I would like to teach her the beginnings of side passing and how to get her haunches in/out, (as well as other things) but I'm not sure how to teach that from the ground.

She's only 6 so I'm 99% sure she was never taught this prior to me owning her.
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-02-2009, 12:34 PM
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I'm not sure how you'd teach that from the ground, but I'm sure someone on this forum can help - there are tons of knowledgeable people on here!

I just wanted to say congrats on the new bundle of joy on the way

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oh thank you!
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-02-2009, 04:49 PM
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Is it your first??

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Here are some videos that might give you an idea


Look from the 1.55 minute mark on this video...very detailed

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I think it's actually easier to teach lateral moves on the ground than in the saddle.

First, does your horse already know how to side step? You need to teach her how to move laterally in general before you can start adding forward motion. You can teach her to side step in just a halter, stand facing her eyeball and with a whip in hand, tap her side and "push" her away from you. Don't actually push her, just create pressure with your body, and on her halter. As soon as her front and hind end both move over, walk her forward before you try it again.

Once she starts moving sideways, you can start doing leg yields. When you get to a corner, cut your corner short and walk down the wall ten or so feet away. Then use your inside aids like your outside aids, tighten your inside rein to create a "wall" and using your whip, tap her sides. After she moves over a few steps let her straighten out.

When you start doing haunches in, as you're rounding your corner, don't let her straighten all the way so you come at the wall at an angle. Then you use your outside rein to create that "wall," and your whip on the outside to have her move over. Use your inside rein to straighten her body out if she tries to turn her head and go straight.

Also, it helps if while asking your horse to move laterally, you move laterally with them, crossing your legs over when they do. I'm working on lateral work with my mare right now too, it's a LOT of fun, and it's a lot of work for them so make sure you keep the sessions shorts and sweet, and give them enough time to warm those muscles up. Have fun!

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Thanks for the videos Spyder!

Thanks for the detailed response Riccilove.

Vega already knows how to side step (i made sure she understood that when I would work with her in cross ties and in the stall) though I will go over it with her in the arena.


HITS (hoofprints in the sand)- this is our first. We are both super excited.
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Well congrats!

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When I taught Thunder to sidepass, I really couldn't get a good response from the ground, so one day I was riding with friends in the arena, and I had him face the wall and within minutes he understood. Now we can do it anywhere on the ground. I think with all the trying on the ground and pressure work he finally put two and two together. Good luck!
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well I hope that's not the case with Vega!
I'm sure she'll pick it up with ease and then go into mare mode and not want to do anything.
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