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post #1 of 5 Old 07-13-2010, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Trail riding help

I would like to know how can I get my horse to turn his whole body when I ask him to. Everytime I am on a trail ride he is ramming my knees into trees.
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-13-2010, 05:59 PM
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If you are having that problem then you need to teach him how to yield his body off your leg so that when he is too close to a tree, you can just apply leg and he will move his ribcage over. It is too complicated for me to explain how I teach a horse that but maybe someone else can explain it better than I would be able to.

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-13-2010, 06:59 PM
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Basically, you need to break your horses body into four different zones - Head/neck, shoulder, ribcage, and hindquarter. Then you need to learn how to move each zone independantly using your legs, body and reins.

Kind of hard to describe over the internet though - once you can do that, you can avoid object quite easily by moving the shoulder, or the ribcage over, or both together.

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post #4 of 5 Old 07-13-2010, 07:20 PM
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Search "teaching leg yield" on There is plenty of good videos on how to do it.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-14-2010, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks.
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