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post #1 of 5 Old 10-04-2009, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching To Lead.

okay, so i have the colts and they are pretty well trained for the lead. but now ive hit a bump in the road.
Sometimes they will stop. Just look and get distracted and forget about me and dont listen to my clucks or anything.
Ive been very patient with them, but i want to know, is there away without putting to much pressure on the halter and leadrope to get them to go forward, i just want them to keep moving until i stop or tell them 'stand'
Ive so far done alittle pressure on the lead rope, which makes them go abit but as soon as i release as a reward, they stand and just look at me. also they wont move if i right beside them walking. so i have to be a bit ahead of them.. Which i dont like.
Sometimes they listen perfectly and sometimes its like "SQUIRREL"
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-04-2009, 09:41 PM
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I use a carrot stick or long English riding crop. Carry it with your left hand along with you excess lead. Subtly tickle or tap the hindquarters to maintain forward motion. Just gently bring your hand back and use the crop to reach behind you.

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okay thank you,
Is there maybe another thing that i can use other than a crop ? i have one.. but these are still little colts, who im working with trust and touching all over. they do spoook reallly easily, so im just looking for other options ?
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When they stop take the opportunity to work on disengaging the hind quarters, disengaging his front end, backing them, or turning them on their haunches, you can also work on bending each side of their neck, by bringing the lead up to his wither and waiting for him to 'give'. The point is just to get their feet moving, without pulling on their halters, or whipping them foward. While you are doing this, they will get refocused on you, and will also decide that walking foward with you is easier than having to do all that other work. If he still won't move foward, just keep doing the 'refocus' work, and trust me, he will walk foward sooner or later, and you won't have to whip him into it; the advantage will be that he will be quite supple by the time you even start thinking about bridle or saddle work.

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post #5 of 5 Old 10-05-2009, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks again,
So technically when he stands still, Just give him another 'job' to do that aquires more focus and attention on me than just standing there and walking around ? so he will decide he keep moving than always doing this extra extra work.
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