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Teaching my horse to pivot?
So i've been attempting to teach my mare to pivot because I'm doing 4-H and showmanship is required. She gets it pretty well turning to the left (her better side) considering yesterday was the first time I tried it with her. But going to the right (her bad side) she gets my cues confused with sidepassing. I don't understand why she's confused with the cues on one side and the other side she understands perfectly.
The cues I'm giving her are:
I tell her to "woah" and back up until her legs are further underneath herself.
I then tap her with my hand and/or lead rope (depending on her responsiveness to my hand).
I keep her neck as straight as possible, because I read that if you bend the neck, it encourages to swing her hind end out.
Is there anything I'm doing wrong, or not doing at all, that I need to be doing? If so what? Is there any way I can make cues more clear to her, so that she understands better/ doesn't get confused?
I really need help with this!
Thanks in advance!
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