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    07-18-2011, 11:41 PM
DUH Method Questions

Please don't respond if you are not following the CA method because I am really trying to stick with it and follow it step by step.

I have some questions though:

1) the (not sure the name) sending exercise where you send the horse by pointing, then you yield the hindquarters to go in the other direction while standing about 4 feet away to a fence... When I do this my colt yields once the tail gets past my belly, but he ends up level with me (facing the direction I want him to go now), instead of in the line of the path he needs to move, so he has to angle in past me to continue to my other side.... so if he's yielding, how do I keep him where I want him?

2) if my horse gets rushy, and "hot", I continue the sending and yielding until he is calm responsive and relaxed right?

I'm sure I will think of more later. Thanks :)
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    07-19-2011, 12:12 AM
I'm not quite sure where he's positioning himself in relation to you when you're sending him, but if he does anything that would crowd your space on the way by, a little tap of the stick on his shoulder should keep him moving along.

Yes, never stop until he is walking calmly back and forth.
    07-19-2011, 12:30 AM
Imagine a fence... now, imagine someone standing 4 feet away from the fence... now, imagine a horse in between the person and the fence with his body lengthwise along the fence as if going between the person and the fence.... now imagine that horse walking in a straight line along the fence, yielding his hindquarters and instead of being lined up to go between the person and the fence again in the other direction, he's lines up like he would go right through the person... Now imagine the horse not doing it to be pushy (as he's a distance away), but just positioned too far away from the fence... LOL hope that helped!!!

Thanks for the help :)
    07-19-2011, 12:33 AM
Maybe help him understand the exercise by stepping toward him to drive his shoulder back to the fence so he gets the idea of which direction you want him to travel.
    07-19-2011, 12:35 AM
And then he should just pick up on that and it'll become an auto. Response to position himself?

Thanks I will try that!
    07-19-2011, 12:37 AM
Yes, first you will probably have to walk right up to him and tap him with the stick to drive his shoulder back to the railing to straighten him out. Next time, he'll probably get what you want by simply stepping toward his shoulder and by the third time, you can probably just eyeball his shoulder from 4' away and he'll get it. Most horses pick this stuff up quickly.

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