Join Date: May 2010
Location: Northern California
I would never yank. I would just teach her to flex.. when she is standing still drop her hands to your knees and put a little pressure on the bit,if she doesnt give keep apply the pressure she may yank but keep a steady hand AS SOON as she gives let go and reward keep doing it till its perfect, this may take several days depending on how much you do it, to know when it is perfect you should be able to hold the horses head for several secs to a min with barely any pressure. Then you can work with it at a walk. To keep your horse from being confused between a stop and a flex Always ask a flex after they stop so they know the difference. Never ask for a flex before a stop during this training time. Then ask them to do it at a walk if they want to stop give a little leg pressure keep the pressure on the face till they give then let go ASAP and give them a good horse and a pet still keeping their feet moving all along, when they are good at that you can ask them to give to that pressure with little resistance for a few mins to longer, this will take lots of time though. Then you can work your way up to a trot and canter. This will Also improve collect by 100% as well. Just remember its a give and take process as soon as you horse gives to that pressure take it away.
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