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    10-29-2009, 09:26 PM
Question Training Pivots?

Ricky's doing really well with is leading, but he can't do a full pivot.
He'll do like 90 degree pivot then move that hind foot.
Should I just keep trying to make him do a full one or are there any exercises I can do to help him do it?
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    10-29-2009, 09:38 PM
I thought horses had to move there hind foot at least a little to pivot, but I could be tottally wrong, it just seems that one would have to, as long as its not alot. I would just continue the way you're going.
    10-29-2009, 10:57 PM
Yes they do have to lift and reset that pivot foot or they would twist it badly. Sounds like he's doing fine.
    10-30-2009, 04:28 AM
Yerr, I know that its natural for them to move it a litte and reset it, but he like completely steps out of his pivot. Like instead of pivoting a whole 360' pivot, he'll start stepping out and doing a circle.
I'll get a video tomorrow.
    10-30-2009, 11:13 PM
Hi this is how I train my horse so when your horse steps out but his hip back in place by using your opossit leg and moving it back to place but this must happen right away or it will become a habit. Good Luck.
    11-02-2009, 12:23 AM
I think the key is just to take your time. If he starts to walk out of the pivot you just have to stop and set him back up. Just go slow and practice. Maybe cut it back to 180s until he gets the hang of it.
    11-02-2009, 10:10 AM
First you do know that pivots are forward movements so walk a couple steps then start in to your turn.
    11-02-2009, 08:01 PM
If it's something you really want to teach it, yo ucan do what I did with mine. For a few weeks, I did nothing but work on pivoting in both directions. There were lots of treats involved. She picked up on it really well, but the hardest part for me was remembering to walk into her shoulder at the correct angle. Make sure you're doing that. Also, one thing that really helped was not trying to rush it. Even if you have to turn a little, stop, turn, stop and so on, as long as they learn what you want it doesn't matter how long it takes
    11-02-2009, 11:08 PM
Originally Posted by Tasia    
First you do know that pivots are forward movements so walk a couple steps then start in to your turn.
Huh, that's just the opposite of how I learned to do it. We always set our horse up to back first. That way the horse isn't thinking about going forward, and his weight is shifted off of his front end so he can move around his pivot foot.

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