Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I think we should include training our horses to several cues for a halt--the weight, the reins and the verbal--and to ground tie.
Also, we should be schooling our horses without stirrups so that they feel your weight and the stirrups hitting their sides without incident. I like to lunge with a saddle, preferably English, since the stirrups will bang much more than Western stirrups do.
I've had enough really well trained horses and NONE of them ever did what the picture on the original post is doing. Even "Corporal", who parted ways with me when a 5yo--we were delivering a message to the Colonel, riding towards a cannon which he didn't like, we went left, we went right, we went left again, I went left and he went right--He stopped and waited for me to remount. Then again, I've been thrown by several horses who couldn't tolerate anything on their sides, YOUR legs, stirrups, and rope--you NAME it, it bothered them.
This is the PERFECT time for this post. I don't have an indoor arena, so I train and retrain (review, really) basics with my horses this time of year. This is the best time to reinforce your authority over the little things that your horse hasn't really mastered, so that by next Spring, everything will be smoother.