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post #1 of 3 Old 03-31-2012, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Starting Western Pleasure Training

Hello. I am currently trying to start my mare in Western Pleasure. I was wondering if anyone could offer tips or pieces of advice pertaining to this. My mare is an appendix QH and her daddy and grandaddy were both western pleasure successes (GPF Sweet Version and Good Version). My mare is trained in Hunter Under Saddle currently and I am hopeful to make her an all rounder. Thank you!

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post #2 of 3 Old 03-31-2012, 04:45 PM
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Like I always say, get the leg-yield down pat. Make sure you can sidepass and turn on the forehand. Just basically set the foundation for being in control of her middle and butt.

For the jog I basically start with a firm collection. Circles if he starts to brace up. Leg-yield into the bridle. Release when he slows and rounds up. Then you can do circles on the counter-bend. Get his balance up and slow his movement. Work on getting his head to stay put by releasing longer. Get him to leg-yield without much mouth contact.

Lope - do circles to balance his movement, make sure the inside shoulder stays up. Firm collection of the face, and plenty of release. Side-pass and leg-yield the canter. Put his head into the wall and push his butt up over - otherwise known as "two-tracking". Work on transitions so that he lopes off from the stand-still round and with his head down. If he throws his head at the transition, back him up hard and push him off again. Counter-canter. Counter-canter circles and add a leg-yield. Work off of the loose rein while still controlling the body, etc.
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Thank you so much! I will be sure to try this with her. I really appreciate the help :)

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