Originally Posted by Lucare
I tried join up with my pony, but it doesn't work well!
She was really attentive to me, but she didn't come when I stopped walking. She was just looking at me!
But I work in liberty with her and she is very connected, she trust me (I think) and she respect me.
I don't know what's wrong in my join up. I think it's because I do it in a big manege so I can't be really close to her ...
Skyhorse, it seems to be good! I agree with SRose! ;)
Did you ask her to come to you? Or did you just stand there looking back at her?
The way I teach horses to hook on to me is after I stop them, I walk to them, pet them for standing still, then make sure they will point at me. If I step to the side, the horse should turn and face me. This means they're paying attention and following my lead. Then facing them, I will walk to the left around them so they will turn with me, and then I will take a step away from them. At that point the horse will either step with me, turn away and run, or not move at all.
If the horse steps with me, I immediately turn and pet them. If the horse turns away and moves off, I swing the whip and start join up all over again. If the horse doesn't move at all, I veer back to the horse and walk left past their nose and try again. Not all horses will automatically trot up to your shoulder and follow you everywhere after join-up. You have to encourage them by asking them to follow and if they take a single step, pet them for doing the right thing.