Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Manitoba, Canada
I just wanted to find this thread and thank everyone for the advice quickly - Today we made huge progress with Clyde's training!
From getting him to be much calmer while I was tighening the cinch, to teaching him to go left, right, back and even the elusive forward~!! I couldn't be more pleased with what was accomplished in about 1-1 1/2 hours of work.
By the end I was giving very soft cues with the reins/bit using direct reining, and he was turning beautifully for me. Tried backing up for the first time (while riding) and after a couple moments of confusion he did great, and did wonderfully every time after that. As for forward - a friend on the ground to swing a rope in circles was just the help I needed to get him moving - I gave the cue to walk, spoke "walk", and when he didn't, the rope was twirled. As soon as he walked, she stopped with the rope and I stopped my little kick/leg pressure - again, after a while of this, he was walking with just the leg cues and spoken command.
Thanks again everyone!! I am just so thrilled, this is the first time I've really ridden him successfully, and he being my first horse, it was extra special.