08-10-2010, 08:28 PM
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Drunken walk. The trick is to not ask him to go forward using your legs. The only thing you do is leave the right rein slack, gently pull the left rein away from your horse's neck so he follows his nose and takes a few steps left. Two or three steps later, left rein slack and pull on the right one instead. Keep repeating. This will create a horse that appears to be drunk, but for some reason engages their minds like nothing I've ever experienced. It's funny and productive at the same time. Once you get past his area of discomfort, assuming he's being good, either continue on or let him come back. Try to do one or the other before he starts acting up. You want to reward his efforts while he's still trying. Remember, no legs. They can be on his sides but do not apply pressure. You don't want him to know he's being asked to go forward. Good luck.