Sonny does side-step better than all the other horses at the stables, but his one problem with is, is that he doesn't just want to go straight across...he goes forward a little bit also...usually he goes forward alot.
Any ways that I can make him not go forward? I got him where I can get him over pretty good, with him going forward only a little bit, but I've seen horses just go over straight, and would like to get Sonny to do that.
Here are two videos to show you what I mean, and to see how I'm doing it, and how my friend is doing it.
how did you teach it to him? On ground or in saddle?
I would suggest doing it from the ground. You can put up barriers of some kind (maybe 2 poles on the ground that he can't step over). And do the cue with your hands or whatever you want to, to make him side step. After he's doing it well on the ground, do the same exercise with you in the saddle.
hope that helps!
I will try doing it on the ground, maybe that wil work thanks
Face him against a fence or wall, he can't walk into a wall.
Walls or fences are different though. Try it and tell me how it works.
Stop flexing him toward your outside leg. By letting him flex in the opposite direction to where he is travelling, he is moving forward through that shoulder. keep his head and body straight, and have a little resistance in your hands. sit up straight and keep a lot fo weat in your seat, make sure your body is straight also. he should be able to side pass with his body straight. if anything, he can have a little flexion TOWARD were your going. sit your outside (by outside I mean the side you are moving AWAY from) rein against his neck, and open your inside rein a LITTLE. this encourages the sideways motion. From what i saw in the video, he is only moving forward through that shoulder, so keeping him straight should stop the forward motion, but if he does go forward then half halt and try again.
Hope this helps, its what I did with my arab and he's pro at it now :]
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