Training minis, helllllllp!!!!!
ok so the BO got two minis last spring, and this spring she bought a mini bridle! Haha and as one of the only kids that just hangs around the barn all the time I sorta got the job of breaking in the minis for colby (a 2 year old kid) to ride when he gets old enough. Well! Bam-bam (i havent even tryed pebbles yet, she's super sensitive!) is great, he doesnt care about the saddle (te he he its a mini saddle!!!) and he's gotten a hundred times more used to the bridle, he accepts the bit amazingly, and is fine with the steering. But....
He wouldnt go into the corner on wednesday so I tapped him with the whip (since I am NOT riding him, im to big! I stand beside the saddle and walk with him from there) he didnt understand what the whip means! The poor guy got so confused and just htought he was getting beaten. I have been just tapping him with the whip (small and quick taps repeadetly) until he takes even a step forward, then I praise him and scratch him in his favourite scratching spot and we relax, then I do it again until he steps forward, then I do all the praising again, and I've just been repeating that and repeating that. I have been competely calm the whole time, haha EVEN when he pushed through me (literally threw his body weight into me) and stood on my foot!
So, am I doing the right thing about teaching him that the whip means go forward? Is there an easier way? And tips? Thank you in advance! I need help!! Haha
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