Need help standing.
For the life of me i cannot get my horse to stand square in showmanship without him resting his leg. No matter what i do he rests it. I try treats, tapping him on the nose, kissing to him, everything.
maybe tap him on the leg that he rests. on his pastern or fetlock. just enough to annoy him and make him stand up properly
Delete, EVERYTIME you are leading your horse somewhere and you stop you should stand him up. leading from the barn to pasture, stand him up - leading from stall to crossties, stand him up - leading from crossties to arena, stand him up....... and so on, you get the idea. What will happen over a few weeks is your horse will learn that every time he stops you expect him to be square and at first it will be a lot of tooing and froing but soon he will work out that if you say stop that means he MUST stand up straight away and in the end that makes a much prettier picture for in the ring. Think of it this way, who would you put first out of someone who spent 5 seconds to set their horse or the one that was ready the second they stoped........
But how does that help with keeping him from resting?
the more you practice standing him up - the better he will get at it and will stop resting on his own. For example, if he keeps puttinh his nose out when you ride him what do you do???- Tuck his head in right, ask him to set properly, so why would it be any different for standing square??? The more you train him on it the better he will get and the less likely it will be that he continues to rest his foot on you........... do you understand what i am saying or would you like me to further clarify???? :)
No i understand now, thank you =D
give it a go for a few days and you will find a few problems may arise, let me know what they are and i will help you get past them as they arise if you like :lol:
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