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When I want him 2 stand square he stands like a eleaphant ..

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        01-22-2008, 11:24 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    When I want him 2 stand square he stands like a eleaphant ..

    On a stool. Lol its a funny sight but quit annoying when doing the feet or takeing pictures lol he's not in any pain the farrier has looked him over and did his feet and everything so how can I train him to stand square i've tried to tap him on the feet and he ignores me


    Also how do I teach him to mostly back up with his hind legs fist then his front he does it opposite xD help xD
         
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        01-23-2008, 01:08 AM
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    Weanling
    I posted this in delete's thread with the same Q

    Delete, EVERYTIME you are leading your horse somewhere and you stop you should stand him up. Leading from the barn to pasture, stand him up - leading from stall to crossties, stand him up - leading from crossties to arena, stand him up....... and so on, you get the idea. What will happen over a few weeks is your horse will learn that every time he stops you expect him to be square and at first it will be a lot of tooing and froing but soon he will work out that if you say stop that means he MUST stand up straight away and in the end that makes a much prettier picture for in the ring. Think of it this way, who would you put first out of someone who spent 5 seconds to set their horse or the one that was ready the second they stoped........

    Also you can try - a horse will most commonly move their front feet when you are trying to set him up so set him around the near side hind and push him back or pull him foward as to what the need is at the time. ALWAYS train for showmanship in what you are going to show in as the pressure that would be applied from a rope halter is much different to what is applied from a chin chain. Only push or pull your horse until you feel like they are ALMOST about to move, if you stop pushing at that moment, in therory the horse will only take a very small step. See how you go and let me know what is working for you.
         
        01-23-2008, 12:37 PM
      #3
    Green Broke
    What do you mean stand him up I don't know how to really get him to stand square
         
        01-26-2008, 10:07 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    Tips to help stand square

    When a trainer and I were working with a horse that had a bad habit of setting back when saddled we decided to saddle him while being held. It was my job to teach him to stand square. I did so by sending gentle signals through the lead rope to get him to move slightly forward or backward to get his legs as square as possible. Every time he moved his legs I would gentle back him up half a step or forward half a step so he was standing square. After awhile he learned to stand better. Every day he got better!

    Then for backing up I have some advice as well. Practice stopping from a trot or canter and then go directly into a back up. This forces him to put his weight on his hind legs.

    Hope this helps!
         

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