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        10-01-2009, 09:12 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    ^^ I have always wondered that myself , I would like to teach my mustang how to do the Spanish walk too.
         
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        10-01-2009, 09:37 PM
      #22
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    Spanish Walk...


    Do whatever cue you want to use (tapping the shoulder with a whip works well), lift up one leg, stick it out, set it down, praise horse. Repeat a few times a day for quite a while. Then do your cue and see if he'll do it without you lifting his leg for him. If he does, practice that for a while, and teach him again with the other leg. You will have to start over from scratch. Horses have a problem transferring tricks from one side of their body to the other... So don't be surprised if your horse acts like he has no idea what you want him to do when you switch legs. He actually doesn't. So just be patient. Once he learns it on that side, do back to the other side to refresh his memory. Then you should be able to get him to do one leg and then the other. Once he is solid with this trick on the ground, try it from the saddle. Tap him on the shoulder and see what happens. If he doesn't do anything, try having someone stand on the ground and give him the cue while you're on his back to remind him. Then try it again from the saddle, and it should work. Good luck : ]



    Oh, and if he doesn't want to lift his leg up that high, don't worry about it at this point. Once he knows the trick extremely well and won't get confused, you can train him to lift his leg higher by giving him the cue over and over until he lifts his leg as high as you want it. Then stop and praise him. He'll get the picture.
         
        10-01-2009, 10:06 PM
      #23
    Banned
    I wanna know how to teach a horse to, like...not lie down on their side, but pull their legs under themselves and lie down so I can just slide onto their backs. Anyone know what I mean? >.>
         
        10-01-2009, 10:09 PM
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    Originally Posted by Lily of the Valley    
    I wanna know how to teach a horse to, like...not lie down on their side, but pull their legs under themselves and lie down so I can just slide onto their backs. Anyone know what I mean? >.>



    I know what you mean... Most horses will do that automatically when you teach them to lay down. You usually have to teach them to lay on their side.
         
        10-01-2009, 10:10 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    Thanks CloudsMystique...I am going to try that...
         
        10-01-2009, 10:11 PM
      #26
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
    I know what you mean... Most horses will do that automatically when you teach them to lay down. You usually have to teach them to lay on their side.
    So teach them to lay on their side, then teach them to stop when they're in the position I want?
         
        10-01-2009, 10:37 PM
      #27
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    Originally Posted by Lily of the Valley    
    So teach them to lay on their side, then teach them to stop when they're in the position I want?
    No... That's not what I meant. I mean if you teach him to lay down like I said, he should lay down the way you want, not flat on his side (unless you push him over once he lays down). So just don't push him over.
         
        10-01-2009, 10:41 PM
      #28
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    Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
    No... That's not what I meant. I mean if you teach him to lay down like I said, he should lay down the way you want, not flat on his side (unless you push him over once he lays down). So just don't push him over.
    Ah, gotcha. Cool. Hopefully I'll have a horse that I can teach that someday.
         
        10-01-2009, 11:49 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
    Spanish Walk...


    Do whatever cue you want to use (tapping the shoulder with a whip works well), lift up one leg, stick it out, set it down, praise horse. Repeat a few times a day for quite a while. Then do your cue and see if he'll do it without you lifting his leg for him. If he does, practice that for a while, and teach him again with the other leg. You will have to start over from scratch. Horses have a problem transferring tricks from one side of their body to the other... So don't be surprised if your horse acts like he has no idea what you want him to do when you switch legs. He actually doesn't. So just be patient. Once he learns it on that side, do back to the other side to refresh his memory. Then you should be able to get him to do one leg and then the other. Once he is solid with this trick on the ground, try it from the saddle. Tap him on the shoulder and see what happens. If he doesn't do anything, try having someone stand on the ground and give him the cue while you're on his back to remind him. Then try it again from the saddle, and it should work. Good luck : ]



    Oh, and if he doesn't want to lift his leg up that high, don't worry about it at this point. Once he knows the trick extremely well and won't get confused, you can train him to lift his leg higher by giving him the cue over and over until he lifts his leg as high as you want it. Then stop and praise him. He'll get the picture.
    That sounds really cool, I'll have to give that ago sometime!
         
        10-02-2009, 12:09 AM
      #30
    Green Broke
    Chance learned the spanish walk by copying me. When ever I lefted my leg she did, so I rewarded it. Eventually we got to where When I lift my left she lifts her left etc. Now we got like 4 steps. We havent worked on it in a long time! She also will step up to ANY platform there is like a mounting block or a pedastool its fun :)
         

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