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I got this letter today and contained very good questions. Hence this article:
hi hope you can help me... i have just bought a 15 year old arab
pony who will not walk forward by herself. she is used to going
riding with other horses from her last owner . she will not walk
forward alone and just stands there if she is going by herself but
is perfect when she goes with another horse.. please help me as I
cannot get other people all the time and need to go by myself ..
what am i doing wrong???
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Get a long Dressage Whip and have it out the back of your hand. Sit on the Horse at the halt. Ask lightly with leg (LIGHTLY) When the Horse doesn't respond, then start LIGHTLY TAPPING the side of rump of the Horse (where the engine is), rhythmically, constantly and with passive persistence.
As each few taps pass, increase the pressure or power of the taps. Work on the scale of 0-10. At some point, the Horse will begin doing something. It may:
If it starts backing up
or kicking at the whip, you increase the power of the next tap and just
keep tapping, increasing as you go. If the Horse continues kicking, you will quickly
but progressively retaliate by going up
the scale to a point where you may be hitting rhythmically but be
ready to come back down the scale for any sign of stopping kicking
or backing. I repeat, be on a loopy rein. Give the Horse relief for
doing something positive, reward it verbally, with a stroke, rest
briefly to think and re-commence.
Everything in training has to be rewarded, no matter that it is
stopping something undesirable. Remember, the power of your training
is in the speed of the release so if in doubt, it is better to
release for a possible try than miss the golden chance. Many people
think that the only thing you should reward with Horses is good
stuff but remember, when a Horse stops bad stuff, that is good.
In the end, the
Horse will move forward and of course you must reward the Horse by
taking away all pressure, no leg on and then repeat the procedure
endlessly. Kicking or strong Leg on is completely anti productive here
and is often the root cause of the problem in the first place. The
more you support Horses with your own legs, the more reliant they
become to them and the more you have to work. Riding should not be
about working, it is about just sitting there and the Horse
traveling ligh beneath you. Don't make a 'rod for your own back'.
In the end, you will either teach and un confuse your Horse or
at least find out something. It may be getting a better look at the
personality of your Horse, that you wee the problem in the first
place or indeed that the Horse was broken in by accident by Amateurs
and doesn't even know that your leg is the accelerator.
From that day on then,
ride with very light leg and only use it when you want something. If
you do use it, make dam sure you get a reaction or immediately
remind the Horse. NEVER start leg thumping or kicking unless you are
wearing spurs and then of course, a gentle reminder at the bottom of
those scales is what is needed. Of course, you should never se spurs
on a Horse with these specific problems, the whip is the tool of
choice but later, on the lazy type of Horse, one that is always
going to test your patience by giving you the go slow treatment, the
spur is the answer.
Remember though, PLEASURE REINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. You cannot fix such problems with a contact.
"Wear your Heart in your Hands"