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post #1 of 4 Old 06-01-2011, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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What's next for Jacoby

Hey guys and gals, I am wondering what is next for my 3yo gelding. So far we have mastered groundwork (except gaiting/trotting in hand), we saddle fine, bridle fine and walk and whoa with very little pressure. I really don't want to get him faster than a walk, one, he is still young, two he is a RMH and I want him to strengthen his walking muscles so he can gait undersaddle.

So what is next in his training? Right now when I see him I do the following:
Groom him
Practice for youngster in lead (leading with halter and trotting in hand)
Bridle him
Lunge him
Saddle
Ride at a walk around the field. We turn (eventually) and stop (well) as we go randomly in the pasture. Sometimes we go out on the dirt road, and a straight line NEVER happens, but I know that's normal.

The one thing I was thinking was yielding to leg pressure. Right now any pressure with my legs or feet means "go faster" to him. Partly because he is bored with the walk and partly because he doesn't know any better. How can I teach him to move 'over' and turn better with my legs? Is that next or am I missing something?
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-01-2011, 09:49 AM
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Hey guys and gals, I am wondering what is next for my 3yo gelding. So far we have mastered groundwork (except gaiting/trotting in hand), we saddle fine, bridle fine and walk and whoa with very little pressure. I really don't want to get him faster than a walk, one, he is still young, two he is a RMH and I want him to strengthen his walking muscles so he can gait undersaddle.

So what is next in his training? Right now when I see him I do the following:
Groom him
Practice for youngster in lead (leading with halter and trotting in hand)
Bridle him
Lunge him
Saddle
Ride at a walk around the field. We turn (eventually) and stop (well) as we go randomly in the pasture. Sometimes we go out on the dirt road, and a straight line NEVER happens, but I know that's normal.

The one thing I was thinking was yielding to leg pressure. Right now any pressure with my legs or feet means "go faster" to him. Partly because he is bored with the walk and partly because he doesn't know any better. How can I teach him to move 'over' and turn better with my legs? Is that next or am I missing something?
Sounds like you are doing it right :)
I don't know much at all about gaited horses, so this is all coming from a working western ranch type horse perspective.

I agree that leg pressure would be where I would go next and start on neck reining. Teaching him to move over & turn with your legs...I think of it as "ask, remind & tell". I keep my hands level with one another and make it one fluid motion with my outside leg as well, the rein on the neck is the ask, the leg is remind, and your direct rein via small bump just enough to tip the nose in the right direction is tell to get them onto the right idea. I start out working that on a circle and ask them every few steps to move in just one step, eventually that circle gets smaller and smaller and you will have a horse that turns on a dime with very light neck rein & mostly leg pressure. Once they are getting the idea, bring your hands gradually closer to one another until you have a neck reining, one handed machine :)

Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important, Capture the good times, Develop from the negatives and if things don't work out, Take another shot.

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Thanks for the info. Do I just turn him tighter if he speeds up? Whenever I ask for him to move "over" I just get more speed...

I can't wait til I have a "neck reining, one handed machine" lol
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When they are youngsters, they generally think the right answer to pressure is to move faster. I don't mind them giving me a bit more speed as long as it's headed in the direction I asked them to go, at least at the beginning stages...given it's not walk to dead run. You can use light contact on his mouth if he is giving you too much speed, just enough to say "hey, faster isn't the right answer." then try again. It should be one fluid motion & small 'bumps' not constant pressure. Take a few steps, 'bump' him over, repeat. My mom told me when I was a kid that "It takes the average horse 100 times to learn something new before the light bulb goes off" Very true statement with most, some are a bit faster some not so much lol! Don't be too aggressive with your leg pressure, if he is already starting to move out a lot with any, try focusing on keeping your legs draped against his sides the whole time you are riding so when it's just a bit more pressure it's not as much as a surprise to him that you are legs on. Oh, meant to ask what you are riding him in. I would assume at his age you are 2 handing him in a snaffle. I like to use a 1/2 breed side pull on youngsters that get a little too forward, you have the added benefit of nose pressure with still having the snaffle & they seem to get it faster without having to worry about getting in their mouth, my goal is always to have a light horse with a soft mouth, so I find myself using the 1/2 breed quite often. Hope that helps!

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