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        12-17-2009, 07:28 AM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
    With virtually all horses, for initially working the canter, I want a nice BIG field. I want room to move, because most of this is going to be left up to them. .
    I too use a big open space. I want room for him to run. Given enough distance any horse will slow down. I ask for the lead and if the horse picks it up I let him move out for a few good easy paces and then ease him back to an acceptable pace and then just let him hold it for a long time. He learns to pace himself since he never knows how long he will be loping.
    By knowing side passing ahead of time he quickly learns to move his hind end in the direction indicated opening up the lead I want and burrying the one I do not.
         
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        12-17-2009, 12:06 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks for all the advice everyone! It seems like i'm on the right tracks so far. I had been doing loads of cantering on hacks, and he's much more balanced and less bucky. In the school, the little canter i've done, it's just been around the track and i've been letting him get on with it. He tends to be quite clumsy so I don't want to interfer too much. I've been told the correct lead thing will come with time, but I don't want him cantering about on the wrong lead and thinking it's right.
    Whats the best way to teach side passing or leg yeilding? I did some leg yeidling at my past PC camp, but he didn't understand it at all. I would love it if he could move away from my leg a bit better.
         
        12-17-2009, 02:09 PM
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    Whats the best way to teach side passing or leg yeilding? I did some leg yeidling at my past PC camp, but he didn't understand it at all. I would love it if he could move away from my leg a bit better.
    Side Pass or Side Step anyone?
         
        12-17-2009, 02:12 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Personally when I start to teach my horse about sides I start on the ground. I start with the back and front. I hold my horse firmly to eliminate forwards and then put pressure in the place that is going to make the desired part of the horse move. To get my horse moving her bum ( and I mean a nice step across with her hind feet) I apply pressure on a point behind where my girth lies. To get the front moving, same thing but I apply pressure on the shoulder for a start, just to get the feet moving across. I continue practicing this until just a light pressure and a verbal command has my horse moving.

    I then carry this over when I ride. I keep going with moving the hind of the horse and the front. When it is easy, as Riosdad suggested, face your horse into a fence or wall BUT this time use your leg in the middle of the animal. Remember by now your horse should associate pressure behind the girth with back feet, pressure in front of girth with moving front feet. Keep your reins fairly loose, if your facing a wall that will prohibit forwards and if your pulling on the reins too much your horse may misinterpret this to go back. From here on it is patience and persistance. I am trying to think about my hands, ummm. If I want to side pass to the left I keep my right rein with a little contact but pretty loose (and low)and I keep my left hand low and pull out from the horses shoulder, enough to give the horse a clue as to which way we should be going but not dragging on the mouth to get there. I rely on my leg to achieve a side pass.

    This is what I do someone else will probably be more comprehensive.
         
        12-17-2009, 02:43 PM
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    You will find horses very one sided. Some move freely one direction and not the other. I find if I want to move the horse to the left put him up against a wall or fence that has the barn to his left. He wants to go towards the barn so he moves easier then away from the barn.
    Turn the horse around against something else to work to the right , again putting the barn to his right.
    I totally open the side I want him to move towards by keeping my leg well off of him and bump with the leg that I want to push him over with.
    Likewise I open one side of the rein while pushing over with the other rein.
    If you are skilled enough in a few days you have a horse moving off your leg but to really refine this sidepassing takes weeks.
    The final test for side passing is passing over objects on the ground. If you can do this you have a good sidepassing horse.
         
        12-19-2009, 01:14 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Thank you so much everyone! You have all proved very helpful. I will defintly be working more getting him to side pass which will hopefully help when it comes to cantering on the left rein. Thanks very much for all the amazing advice. I will try and keep you all updated with our progress. Will probably have to wait until the nights get lighter before I can start schooling properly again.
         

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