01-23-2008, 01:08 AM
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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.