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post #11 of 26 Old 09-20-2013, 10:25 PM
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Saddlebag, I think its different for different horses. My pony is what I'd call *well schooled* but liberty work makes her nervous. I think the lack of micromanaging on my part gives her confidence issues, she gets confused about what is being asked of her. Because of this it is not something we have focused on in the past.

(PS: We are working on it... She turns, backs, lowers her head and stops at liberty, I am teaching a walk forward cue. Maybe she will soon improve.)
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post #12 of 26 Old 09-21-2013, 12:28 PM
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Caution: There are some directives in L2 which are obsolete:

Do NOT sit heavy on your horse to back it: directive corrected by Linda in a savvy club dvd. (Get OFF your horse's back to back it.)

The "BS" rein is no longer abhorred, instead it is standard, & of course its name had to be changed to "Californio" or "steady" rein.

"Never, ever release on a brace" (when horse braces against rider) is to be compared with Linda's subsequent article, "Zero Brace".

"Ride like Charlie Chaplin" (leg relaxed, with toes angled out to the degree that they naturally fall) is to be compared with Colleen Kelly's subsequent directive to have toes (& entire leg, with inside of knee anchored to saddle) forward.

When in doubt, get feedback from the horse. :)

What is a "BS" rein?
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post #13 of 26 Old 09-21-2013, 06:34 PM
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A horse that is at liberty shouldn't be micro managed.
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post #14 of 26 Old 09-21-2013, 08:46 PM
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A horse that is at liberty shouldn't be micro managed.
I find that the levels are set up assuming that people at level 1 & 2 are total beginners. So it is made easier for them to understand.
Also, as much as I love working at liberty, starting at it doesn't always work out well for each horse, seeing as they are just as different from eachother as we are. For horses that are afraid of people, yes it's great to start at liberty. For horses who have a mindset of 'totally ignore people or try to kill them' no it's not. There is a horse at our barn that has a punk attitude, is fearless of people, and has a total lack of respect for your space. Him I would want that lead rope there just for added reinforcement in case he tries to charge me or run me over. Most horses I love starting with at liberty though :)

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post #15 of 26 Old 09-21-2013, 08:48 PM
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Also, using a rope & halter doesn't necessarily mean the horse is micro managed lol.

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post #16 of 26 Old 09-22-2013, 12:05 AM
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Saddlebag said: A horse at liberty shouldn't be mircomanaged

Oh, I know that. Sorry, I should have been more clear. I mean she was used to being micromanaged while not at liberty, so she was confused by the lack of micromanging when at liberty. Basically, she wasn't used to it.
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Also, using a rope & halter doesn't necessarily mean the horse is micro managed lol.
It does when I'm on the other end. Lol.
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post #18 of 26 Old 09-22-2013, 03:28 AM
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It does when I'm on the other end. Lol.
Haha well the rope is just there for reinforcement, same with reins really. That is, when they're used properly :P

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I worked with a 3 yrold that twice charged me and she felt the sting of a stout rope on the side of her neck which turned her away. I moved one foot toward her. This was to let her know I wasn't afraid. She immediately underwent a big change of attitude.
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post #20 of 26 Old 09-22-2013, 04:32 PM
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Haha well the rope is just there for reinforcement, same with reins really. That is, when they're used properly :P


I ride English on the contact so the reins are very important. Not as important as the seat or legs, obviously, but I would not be able to ride to the same standard without them.
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