How Do I Keep My Young Horse Focused and Listening To Me?
Shoulder-in means that you have control, especially if your horse…
Another great exercise is, okay leg yield on a circle and it’s easier to do it in a walk. The truck’s pretty hard, but it requires the horse to step under with its hind leg every single step. It requires it to have to lift its back. It requires it to have to pay attention to you. It requires it that it has to bend, it requires it that has to come through and all those things then give you more tools to control your horse lighter.
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So Gretchen, I’ve had since the three and a half year old and she had not been easy, especially at new places. She likes to look, she likes to… She used to, she’s a good girl now. But if you’ve got a horse that’s not listening to you, the best thing that you should firstly do is shoulder-in.
Shoulder-in means that you have control, especially if your horse… That was a really horrible shoulder-in people. Do not think that that’s how you do shoulder-in. But yeah, if you’ve got a host that wants to look out there and do things out there, the worst thing you can do is giving him his head so he can start to look to the outside and go, “Oh, I’m going to speak at that and I’m going to speak to that.” But most people go around with their horse looking at what they’re scared of.
So the first thing is to say, “Well, I’m going to control where you look and I’m going to put your shoulder into what you’re scared of, but not your face or your eyes.” So shoulder-in means that they have to put their shoulder into over there, but they won’t be able to look at what they’re scared of.
Another great exercise is, okay leg yield on a circle and it’s easier to do it in a walk. The truck’s pretty hard, but it requires the horse to step under with its hind leg every single step. It requires it to have to lift its back. It requires it to have to pay attention to you. It requires it that it has to bend, it requires it that has to come through and all those things then give you more tools to control your horse lighter. Good girl.
So if I got on her and she was doing her thing, I would put her in a leg yield on a circle to show her, “Hey, you can do whatever you want when you’re on the paddock. But when I’m in a competition or when I’m on your back, you have to do and move your body the way I want you to move your body.”
The other things you can do is obviously transition so you can almost walk, almost walk, almost walk. Yep. And then going now, I change my mind. We’re not going to walk and then almost walk, almost walk, almost walk and change your mind and almost walk, almost walk and maybe walk and then change your mind and trot and then change your mind and walk. Good girl. Then change mind and trot. Good girl. And all those things means she’s constantly going, “What am I doing? Am I walking or am I trotting?” So lots of changes of direction. Lots of changes in pace, lots of changes through the paces. So your horse goes, “I can’t pay attention to what’s over there because I’m getting all these orders. I need to do this, I need to do this, I need to do this, I need to do this. So I need to pay attention to what the person’s doing up there.”
But what most people do is when their horse is playing up is give them no direction. Let them look at what they’re scared of and hope that the host will calm down. You be the lady, you tell the horse where he has to be and what he has to do and he will listen. Horses want leadership, horses want to be taken care of. But in the absence of that, they will start thinking and doing things by themselves. So trust that helps.
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