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post #1 of 4 Old 10-21-2012, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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trotting in hand

In working with my mini, I can walk him everywhere, turn & stop on verbal. I can not, however, get him to trot for ANYTHING! Any sugestions?

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-21-2012, 07:10 PM
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Take a dressage whip and tap him lightly on the butt while clucking at him to trot. Put slight forward pressure on the lead rope. When he starts to trot, even if it's just for a few steps, reward him.

Does he know how to lunge and know the cue for trot?
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-21-2012, 07:16 PM
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Ok I know nothign about minis, but getting a horse to "trot out" is a requirement at the vet checks of an endurance ride, if the horse doesnt effortlessly break in to a trot you can get pulled by the vet, sooo its kinda important, we are also doing this with very tired horses, so we practice alot.
Initial training is at a walk give an attention getting command, I use verbal , some trainers wiggle the lead line, then you lean forward to give a visual command and start jogging, as soon as the lead line gets tight have a helper smack him in the butt with a lunge whip. Usually only takes a couple times and they figure it out. 1, 2, 3,,,,, three levels of asking, like most things horse related, ask , ask harder, ask harder, Generally I use verbal, mild physical, strong physical. for most tasks, but if you look at most trainers they are using some kinda variation of 1,2,3.
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lunging is a "work in progress". When he is unsure of something, he tries to come along side me. lightly tapping on him does nothing & I need to get firmer on that (but havn't been able to make myself do it yet)

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