Originally Posted by jaydee
Not sure if you use treats for rewards but maybe try standing just a few feet in front of her, ask her to come to you and reward her when she does. You can keep increasing the distance a bit at a time
I don't like even calling this exercise "join up". It implies all sorts of things, none of which I am particularly concerned with. Treats completely defeat the purpose of this exercise, too. The point is to get the horse moving in the direction you want when it is focused on everything else around it except for you. It is great for untouched horses that are loose in the round pen. Your body language tells the horse what to do at a relatively safe distance. When you draw the horse in by backing away, it should yield the hindquarter away from you and step into your direction. Lots of different things are happening during this exercise:
1) you are establishing yourself as the leader
2) the horse is learning that he isn't in charge
3) life is peaceful when you respect the leader
4) disengaging the hindquarters relieves the stiffness and brace in the horse.
5) once the horse starts focusing on you he is in a learning frame of mind
Yes, there are several different ways to achieve the same thing. Not everyone CAN do this with their horse effectively because it takes a ton of self awareness and perfect timing and feel. But, what doesn't when it comes to horses!