I was going through some trail articles that showed probably 15 different trail show patterns. Of those, almost half included sidepassing. I looked up how to teach a horse to do it, and started work. It mentioned putting the horse up to the fence, putting pressure with the outside leg, loosening the inside rein, and thus creating "an open door" for the horse to move sideways, since forward wasn't an option. This has worked out fairly well, but I still need help. If I had the abiltiy to upload video, I would, and will try- but for now, words will have to do:
My mare will cross over in front, but simply follows with her back, creating a crescent shape. She will do it well on occasion, but not all the time. Also, she only does it well when up against the fence. Out in the open, she still doesn't quite understand.
Another problem I am having is her sidpassing to the left. She will do it okay to the right, but ends up going in circles while going left lol. How do I help this?
I am currently not too worried about the left, as I want her to understand the WHOLE concept one way at a time, hoping this will help.
I also did ground exercises with her today, by putting pressure on her hind and around where my foot would be with my fingers, and releasing when she moved over. This seemed to help alot.
Overall, I have her started, but please help me finish her!! Thanks so much!!