Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
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My trainer teaches her's to side pass, and she's told me how she does it -
Start by putting your horse's nose by a straight fence or wall in an arena. Obviously, you are riding. Be patient, as at first your horse will be frustrated! You need to press the leg opposite of the direction you want to go. (ex, right leg to side pass left.) If your horse tries to turn to one side, pull on the opposite rein. They can't go forward ... because thier nose is in a fence. You will be keeping your reins tight. *NEVER release your leg untill your horse moves sideways!* As soon as you feel your horse sidepass - not turn, but move sideways - release your leg, drop your reins, and praise praise praise!!!
After you have done this just once, walk a little circle. You don't want to nag or irritate your horse. Once you get back to the rail, do this again. I recomend keeping these training sessions to about 5 - 10 minutes at a time, based on how long your horse can focus. I would only do this with my 4 yr old maybe for 5 minutes. My 20 yr old, who can focus for a much longer time, I could do this for 10. It just depends on your horse.
Do this for several days, in short training sessions. Once you have MASTERED the rail (I don't mean after pulling him around once or twice, I mean you lay your leg and he moves!) then you can get just a little further away from the rail. Maybe about 5 steps back. Keep a contact on the reins, and push your leg. As your horse gets better, you can get farther from the rail. Then you can start sidepassing rails, logs, barrels, anything :)
Hope this helps!
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