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    06-03-2010, 12:59 AM
  #1
Weanling
Standing still

Roxy needs help with her whoa and standing. As soon as she gets her release from stopping, she's walking off again. Even if I can get her to stay in the same place, she's picking up her feet dancing all over. Here's what I've tried:

Stop/ backup several steps and stand. If her feet move without me asking, we back up a few more steps. This made her very sour to backing up. :(

Stop and one-rein for any uninvited steps. I felt I was going to wear out the effectiveness of the one-rein though after several days with little/no progress.

Stop and tight circle with whatever foot she steps out with. Not encouraging any motion, just telling her "Look, if you want to move your feet, it will be in a boring circle" until she decides standing is better then getting dizzy. After several minutes of circles at each stop attempt, she will stand for a few seconds. But no progress as to shortening the time we spend circling or achieving stops without having to do this.

I try to stay ahead of her movement; like as soon as her feet are still, I ask her to move out before she does it herself.

We've been at this for several weeks. She rides with full cheek french link bit if that helps any. She is VERY light-mouthed to everything else; she steers with a squeeze of your pinkies. Suggestions welcome, even if it's just "stick with it longer!!"..... thanks.
     
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    06-03-2010, 03:18 AM
  #2
Trained
Don't ask her to stop until it's her idea. If she is sweaty and out of breath she will stand for a while. Move her off before she gets ready. Make sure that your seat is saying stop.
     
    06-03-2010, 03:45 AM
  #3
Yearling
My mare is young and fidgity at times too. She loves to keep moving I haven't really pushed the whole MUST stand still issue, rather I just make sure that she is moving as I want her to. For example if I am on the road and want to stop to chat to a friend and Phoenix is fidgity I keep her doing little side passes, move her hind quarters back and forth make her step her front feet across, back up two steps go forward one - well you get the picture. I am finding that progressively her tolerance for standing still is getting better and I haven't even tried to teach her how.
     
    06-03-2010, 03:49 AM
  #4
Trained
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Originally Posted by kiwigirl    
My mare is young and fidgity at times too. She loves to keep moving I haven't really pushed the whole MUST stand still issue, rather I just make sure that she is moving as I want her to. For example if I am on the road and want to stop to chat to a friend and Phoenix is fidgity I keep her doing little side passes, move her hind quarters back and forth make her step her front feet across, back up two steps go forward one - well you get the picture. I am finding that progressively her tolerance for standing still is getting better and I haven't even tried to teach her how.

Pretty soon it will be her idea to stand and then you won't have to struggle with it. In my cliniic with Ray Hunt he mentioned doing that. Did you happen to hear about it at the Buck Brannaman clinic you went to?
     
    06-03-2010, 04:01 AM
  #5
Yearling
It was one of the little pearls I got from Buck! I only made it for that one day but boy, it was worth it.
     
    06-03-2010, 05:35 PM
  #6
Weanling
Something I do is to just make her collected trot and sit in my light seat. I don't squeeze my legs or cluck or anything just be there. Eventually she stops and I reward her lots. Once she moves her feet I go straight to trotting again. She is starting to realize that if you step by yourself then I will make you step (AKA no rest break unless you stand still). This is working amazing and it is also not making her rush her trot as much. I am basically letting her think when she wants to stop but if she moves again then we have to keep moving and work.

I kindof made this concept up myself. Hope it helps!
     
    06-03-2010, 05:36 PM
  #7
Weanling
I would make her work and when she seems tired I would work a little longer (and I don't mean work her to a sweaty, frothy, huffing, puffing work..lol). Then I would tell her whoa. If she fidgets then she works some more, pushing her a little past that point where she wants to stop. Tell her to whoa and stand again. Repeat if necessary.
She'll think that it's way easier to stand still than to work.
     
    06-03-2010, 06:00 PM
  #8
Weanling
Good ideas! Thanks everyone!
     
    06-03-2010, 07:29 PM
  #9
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alicia    
(and I don't mean work her to a sweaty, frothy, huffing, puffing work..lol).
That's funny because when I said work her until stopping was her idea I DID mean until she was sweaty, frothy, huffing and puffing. It won't kill her and she will sure be greatful to stop.
     
    06-03-2010, 07:39 PM
  #10
Showing
^^Agreed. Like Kevin once said, they tend to learn better when their sides are heaving and sweat is dripping off their eyelids. Once they figure out that moving around means WORK, my young ones are more than content to just stand there for as long as I like.
     

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