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    02-28-2008, 06:33 PM
standing square

How would I teach a horse to stand square?
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    02-28-2008, 06:51 PM
Thats a good question.. Both of my horses do it because they were taught dressage...I want to know too
    02-28-2008, 07:17 PM
It is a lot with good basic dressage work. You need to make sure your horse accepts rein contact well as well as move off your leg. Just like everything else, when asking for something (in this case the halt) you need to keep your leg on but hold the forward movement into your contact as you move into the halt.

You will learn to feel for the square halt, tho your horse may not immediately understand what you are asking for. Keep working on it.

Hope it made sense.
    02-28-2008, 09:49 PM
While riding?
Drive your horse forwards into the halt, don't just putter out into a halt... drive forwards, then think with all your aids "halt" then actually make him halt. If he stops not square, then make him square up by asking him to step forwards (NOT BACK). With enough repitition, your horse will start to stop square on his own. Dancer and I worked on this a ton, and now she won't stop unsquare :)
    02-28-2008, 10:34 PM
Yeah while riding but while standing too like for confo shots etc
    02-28-2008, 11:15 PM
Square up his hind end by moving him forwards and backwards until he's square, then worry about the front legs.. I used to exert a little bit of pressure to the coronet band of the foot I wanted my horse to move forwards/backwards by stepping with my toe on it. Praise them when they do something right :)

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