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    06-24-2011, 02:45 PM

The other day I was working with my horse, hannah, and I was having a real trouble making her go sideways. Whenever I tapped her front shoulder, she would turn and face me, or would back up. I could get her to move her front away from me. I was getting really frustrated. Does any one have some advise for me please??
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    06-24-2011, 04:35 PM
Oh, so you are tlaking about working with her on the ground.?

She may not be understanding your command. You may need to just keep tapping until you get the correct response, so if she backs up you don't stop tapping, you keep it up, watching and waiting for the correct response. Even if you must back up and follow her.

I would like to suggest you watch a short funny little video I made. I am NO PRO. Just a total amature schmuck of a rider, but I can share this small thing.
Look at how I use the leadline to help "suggest" to the horse the direction I want them to move. And remember that the horse cannot lift and move a foot over if THAt foot is weighted. Must have weight on the other foot in order to lift the one you want and move it.

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    06-24-2011, 04:42 PM
Are trying to get her to sidepass on the ground? I would face her towards a fence or barn wall to stop forward movement and put pressure on her shoulder and flank area with your thumbs. As soon as she moves away from the pressure take your thumbs off and praise the heck out of her. Just look for any kind of "try" from her at first and get more precise as she starts to understand what you want from her.

Eventually you will bring your thumbs closer together until they are in the area where your leg would be (behind the front cinch if you were riding her). Don't try to get 10 steps at first. You just want one good, quality step at a time and build from there.
    06-29-2011, 01:48 AM
Smile understandable

Ok, I will try thoughs techniques. I think what happened is I was rushing her and was getting frustrated to easily. Next time im out there, I will try that. Thanks for the advise!
    06-29-2011, 02:01 AM
I'd start with teaching her to move her hind end and front, one at a time, teaching her that she can flex her neck to touch her shoulder without having to move her whole body around, do this both ways, once she understands that then ask for a side pass, Once you have control of the other parts of her body you'll have less trouble asking her to side pass, I'd not recommend having her pressed up against/behind/in front of things there are better ways to teach her!

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