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post #11 of 16 Old 03-15-2014, 06:08 PM
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Try this with the reins on the horse's neck and don't touch unless he tries to stand in a corner. This also builds rider confidence.
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post #12 of 16 Old 03-15-2014, 06:35 PM
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Was going to ask what 'cruising' is, but it's obviously another lable for what Parelli calls 'the Passenger Game'
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Thanks. I guess I misunderstood the exercise. I thought I was supposed to get her to go the speed I want, and not just the gait.
Try using more voice and say eeaaasy in a low slow tone
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I do it a tad differently. Start your horse on 20 meter circle. If she is going faster then your desired speed cut your circle down to 10 meter (or smaller if you have to!). Make sure you sit down, slow your hips, pick up slightly on your reins and tell her "slowwwww". As soon as she slows take all the pressure off and let her trot a few times around the that small circle. If she keeps the trot move out slightly larger, and larger. When she breaks it you bring her down into that tight circle until she slows it down. Eventually you will be able to get her out on the rail and if she starts trotting to quickly, again, small circle and back on the rail.

I hope this made some type of sense! If not I'll clarify.
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I do it a tad differently. Start your horse on 20 meter circle. If she is going faster then your desired speed cut your circle down to 10 meter (or smaller if you have to!). Make sure you sit down, slow your hips, pick up slightly on your reins and tell her "slowwwww". As soon as she slows take all the pressure off and let her trot a few times around the that small circle. If she keeps the trot move out slightly larger, and larger. When she breaks it you bring her down into that tight circle until she slows it down. Eventually you will be able to get her out on the rail and if she starts trotting to quickly, again, small circle and back on the rail.

I hope this made some type of sense! If not I'll clarify.
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Makes perfect sense. Thanks!

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The idea of cruising is precisely that - no control. If you draw the horse into circles you are managing the horse and the goal is to have the horse remain as the speed you ask for and let it figure it out. Managing the horse does not create a thinking horse. I used this technique to help a teen's horse with no whoa if asked to canter. She'd charge up into a gallop and his immediate reaction was to slow her down. She ran around the ring full tilt about 4 times then started slowing down then down to a slow canter. Then he could feel her lugging. She was working hard to get enough oxygen so when he relaxed, she stopped on a dime. We didn't call it anything trendy, just fixing the whoa. When the horse attains the speed of the gait you want, keep it going another half dozen strides then relax in the saddle and allow it to walk. That is the reward. When the horse has caught it's wind, try it again. This time it won't take nearly as long as the first time.
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