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    03-31-2010, 07:03 PM
Question Sidepassing??

For 4h im in trail riding and I was wondering what I can do I've tried everything I think if you have any ways to teach a horse to sidepass over a log please tell me thank you
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    04-01-2010, 03:08 PM
Does your horse already sidepass? If he does, you should be able to get him over the log with just a little time and effort. Maybe you could start out with a pole or branch on the ground, then gradually work up to bigger things until you're sidepassing over a log. I don't know how big 4-H logs are, but I've seen logs that can get pretty big for the horse. Like with Jester the log almost touches his stomach, but that was the extremely higher level trail and I only did it because I wanted to go for High Point.
    04-01-2010, 03:56 PM
I have the same problem. I'm in 4H and doing some trail classes this summer at fair so I need to teach him to sidepass but he keeps going forward instead of sideways! Then he gets frustrated and I have to quit and go on to something else
    04-01-2010, 07:24 PM
Yah I know that's what happens to me equiniphile and thanks ill try smaller stuff this time sorrelhorse
    04-16-2010, 12:24 AM
I can't help with getting them to go over the log, but I can give a suggestion for teaching them to sidepass in general.
Try standing them facing a fence so they can't go forward and then stand on the ground and push your hand into their side where your foor would go. Once they can move off your hand on both side, try from the saddle and then eventually you'll be able to move away from the fence.
    04-17-2010, 08:12 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
I have the same problem. I'm in 4H and doing some trail classes this summer at fair so I need to teach him to sidepass but he keeps going forward instead of sideways! Then he gets frustrated and I have to quit and go on to something else

Im in 4H as well..
You in the Alberta Region?
A tip to teach your horse to side pass, face him towards a wall in arena. Keep your hands light and hold up the rein you want to side pass towards, and give your horse a light nudge.. don't let them back up, and continue applying the pressure, and he will get it soon. Stay calm. Don't get frusterated. As soon as he moves over even one step drop the reins and give him lots of pats and loving. He will begin to understand that that means to go side ways. Slowly make your way away from the wall.

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