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  • 1 Post By tinyliny
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    10-28-2012, 12:31 AM
Was it join up?

Today I was free lunging my 4yo TB mare in the arena and she was jumping a bit. She was being really good about going when I asked, so I didn't need the lunge whip at all. I remembered seeing people on TV turn their back to their horse and the horse walked to them (I think it's called join up). I was like what the heck so I tried it. As soon as I turned around my mare walked up to me and blew on my back. I petted her and then sent her back to work. Was this join up or just something cute? She was following me everywhere after that too. If I would run, she would trot. If I turned or backed up, she would too.

I also rode her bareback for the first time today and she was great. We mostly walked but trotted a bit too and then I took off her bridle and let her roll in the sand. It's amazing to think about how far we've come in just two months. She only has about one crazy day (bucking, bolting, rearing, you name it) a week now, where as before it was almost every ride.
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    10-28-2012, 12:51 AM
Well, it's the same idea; that your horse feels less pressure close to you than out away from you. So, when you turned away , the pressure was gone and she felt a release from any driving she was feeling from you. She would naturally want to hook onto the leader who can mover her feet, especially if the leader stops sending her away and is calm.

Next time she does that, give her a minute of calm, a short pet and then walk off and let her follow a bit. Then turn toward her, stop her and break the connection between you by stopping her and backing away a step or two, kind of off to teh side (don't let her follow) then you can send her off again. You might only send her 10 feet , then see if you can draw her back.
Sounds like you are building a nice connection with her.
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    10-28-2012, 03:15 AM
Nooo, it can't possibly be 'Join Up' if you weren't in an enclosed roundpen & chased her around until you saw a bunch of proscribed 'signals' before you turned away! Sorry, got my sarcastic hat on sounds like you're doing well, whatever you want to lable it!
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    10-28-2012, 01:14 PM
Loosie, your comment made me laugh. I was doubting that it was join up because I watched a video where the horse had to drop it's head and cheew and it seemed really difficult to do :) This wasn't that difficult lol
    10-28-2012, 06:55 PM
The younger horses often catch on faster than the older ones. Have fun with it. Just play around with different movements to see how she responds. It will blow your mind. Mine is too polite to breathe down my neck but he will come nearer if I wiggle my hand by my side. I don't know if other horses would understand that but this one does. The first time I was trying to loosen a sleeve binding my armit and shook my hand to loosen it. Horse approached. Did it half a dozen more times, and each time he responded.

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