This is all to help you, take it or leave it:
The first thing I notice, before we even get to 30 seconds, is you look down and kind of shuffle when you walk. You have to lead with your head up high, shoulders back, and walk with purpose. What's the point of following you if you lack in energy?
Also when you walk with her, she starts to lag behind. This is where I would be asking her to step it up so her head-neck region is even with your shoulders
This is all before 38 second marker
When you're trying to trot with her, you're literally dragging her, when you should be pushing her from behind. Horse has their engine in their hind end.. not their face.
This is just my preference: Once you did get her going, I would have trotted in hand all over the place and stop when you wanted to stop, by slowing down the jogging and then walk.
At 1 minute marker, she didn't stop when you stopped and so you had to pull her around you. Do not pull a horse around to you if they won't stop. This is where I would correct, big. If you had a whip, tap the ground infront of her hard, and then if you felt confident, yield her hind end to where she should have stopped, then halt for a few seconds and repeat what you asked of her again. Do a large circle just walking her in hand, and then test your halt again. If she barges again, correct her 'big' again. Repeat until she gives you what you want, then let her stand still and mull it over. You could even stroke her neck if you wanted.. but she has to stand still.
Watch your OWN body language first, though.
You're ahead of her walking again, and when you go to trot inhand you're dragging her by her face again. And when she doesn't even TRY, you give up and move on. NO. That's the fastest way to get a horse not to listen to you, which can be dangerous.
Your turn was horrendous. It's like you literally dropped her, turned yourself around, slung the rope into your other hand, and then pulled her face expecting her to follow you again. While she should follow you, try to get her to WANT to follow you. Work on how you turn, please...
After that turn, look at her overall expression. She's ANNOYED because you're still pulling on her face, instead of driving her from behind, when she's wearing a halter with knots. I repeat, make her want to follow you. Drive her from behind, don't tow her by her face.
It's no surprise she decides not to trot
Notice how well she follows you when you don't walk infront of her, then at 2:14 how when you do, it's causing her to be dragged again and she gets sluggish and has that look on her face... and it changes when the pressure comes off at 2:20 when she is next to you again. Please OP notice that.
Her attention isn't even on you, this is dangerous as if she is not paying attention to you, she could easily trample you. And again, she doesn't trot.
Better turn but you kind of swing her around, instead of driving her from behind. So it's no surprise that she continue to swing around to look at whatever actually has her attention. Again, dangerous.
Your timing and intensity of the spinning rope is off. You still apply pressure eventhough she already moved over. If pressure is still on, she should continue to yield her hind.
I like that at 2:55 how you repositioned yourself and patted her, that was good.
The two halts at 3:12 were good. She was following your lead, good.
At 3:18 however, not good. There was no drive from behind so you essentially asked her to swing her butt, and yield her shoulder and then halt immediately. Which she did exactly as you asked, but you need to better prepare your horse.
Shortly after you walked ahead of her, no drive from behind, she wasn't even focusing on you.
She starts to look at your body language and anticipates you're going to stop, that's good and bad. Good that she's paying attention, but bad that she's anticipating as that is when she gets 'sludgy' as I call it. It's just a hint, but it can get worse over time. Be aware of that!
You aren't paying attention to her, so she takes that advantage of walking around in a circle, likely to stare at whatever had her attention. The jerk disengaged her hindquarters but notice she's exactly where she wanted to be, staring over at whatever has her attention.
Now at 3:49, my horse does this too. I call it overreacting. You used a LOT of energy to get her to yield to you, without any touch. Try toning it down a hair, so you're using as little as you need to get her to comply. Also does she accept you touching her all over on that side, or does she give you the sour face?
The second yielding of her butt was better, but you gave her no end point at which to stop. Yes pressure was off but your body was telling her to yield further. How? Look at your chest. It's pointed right at her hip. Now when you move it to point at her shoulder, what happens?
SHE STOPS :)
That's how you influence a horse on the lungeline, or in-hand.
When she goes to sniff the pile of poop, I would have "sent" her away from it, by driving her from behind. The yank wasn't really much of a correction.
Your leadline loop is hovering above the ground and could easily be stepped on by your mare.
Shortly after, you don't ask her to stop definitively before you pat her. Again work on your timing
Her hind-end yields got better.
That was an awkward but smooth send-away. Look at 5:57 when it concluded, she looks happier than she did the entire previous footage. Notice how she happily yields her hind end to you.
Then see when you go to drag her again her face changes, and she loses focus again.
Just a disclaimer though, young horses and even older horses lose focus quite easily. It's your job to maintain her focus.
You did a lot of hind yielding..... I wouldn't have done so much. And you let her get away with backing up instead of yielding her hind on that last one. That's how horses get confused on what you want, if you aren't clear.
Then you get to the shoulder yielding. If she goes to bite you, bop her. And only ask for one step of yield. Then halt, then praise. Repeat until she is comfortable with it, then move on.
I think she got uncomfortable because suddenly you got all up in her face...
That second attempt was beautiful! Notice how your hand was asking her to yield her shoulder, but your chest was assisting her by pointing at her head, and your other hand was pushing the leadrope towards her to give her an idea of what you wanted.
That's exactly how you want to do it, on both sides. For some reason, you do it differently on her left side... and notice how she likes to try and bite you on that side. And that last attempt too...
I love that at 8:45ish, she HAPPILY follows you. No dragging her face needed. That's what you want all the time.
And the correction around marker 9:26 was good, it's good to send her forward to the gait you wanted her to do. Good use of opening hand, and driving her from behind. Then it got bleh when you started swinging around your hand holding the lead instead of the hind holding the excess. Remember HIND is the engine. If you wanted to to stop, then you either stand ahead of her on your own track (so you don't get trampled) or raise the hand lead and not drive her from behind anymore.
It's good that you are diving her but only use as much as is needed.
Good use of your turning aid, very fluid... but you NEED to drive her forward. Don't just let her flutter about, give her a job to do.
Again with the dragging, though this time it's not really dragging but she's still lagging behind.
Beautiful lead and halt at 10:28. Always do it that way. She's right where she should be, she's happy, she followed your body language, and she's focused on you.
Beautiful yield of her shoulders at 10:36, and great leading through the poles. She's lagging a little behind the second time around, and you're back to looking down... but she yielded herself nicely again. And she stopped when you stopped, which is great!
So really what I'd say you need to work on is looking up and giving CLEAR direction of what you want her to do. What may help is my past instructor had me work on groundwork before we did our lessons. Mainly it was how to lead a horse with purpose, and to give them clear direction of what you want them to do. You seem capable so I'll share:
When you want to walk forward, raise the hand holding your leadrope level to her chin, and channel energy forward. Head up, shoulders back, with purpose. If she doesn't go, do as you did and tap her with the leadrope excess on her barrel.
Always revert to calm after a correction.
When you want to stop, lower your own energy and at the same time lower your hand fluidly to down where you usually have it. If she doesn't stop, spin the rope infront of her nose and cease as soon as she does. (The same helicopter method Drafty referenced)
To trot, you have to do the same as to walk but even more energy, and get after her if she doesn't listen. Don't get infront of her, don't drag her, if all else fails, send her away to be lunged as you did in the video, just do not jerk her face around. Open hand, drive with your leadrope excess.
It might help to assign a word when you are teaching her to trot in hand. She should be listening to your body language but anything helps.
Focus on your timing, and be aware of every part of your body and how it is interacting with your horse.
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 10-15-2015 at 01:16 PM.