How can I know if my horse understood an exercise and I can go to the next step? All horses learn at a different speed and if one important step is not well understood, I will have problems later. Sometimes it seems that an exercise is good enough, but in fact, this might not be the case. How can you know?
What if your horse was so confident, that he accepts you as a rider without any worry or fear? When we ask a horse to accept to carry us on his back, it is a question of total confidence and trust. Being a prey-animal, the rider might very well be perceived as an attacking wolf. It is the same positions, almost in a blind spot and our legs are wrapped around the horse’s body touching the sensitive flanks.
Preparations for Colt Starting: 4 Exercises to gain your horse’s understanding and respect about direction [Video]
Did you ever ride a horse that didn’t go where you wanted him to go?
This problem can have two causes (if we exclude human error): A lack of understanding or a lack of agreement. Discover 4 exercises which will help your horse to not only understand your aids but also gain his willingness to let you control where he goes. You can prepare your young horse so well on the ground, that he understands and respects your aids from the first ride on. Just like a car, a horse also needs to have reliable steering to reach the final destination.
In part I of “Preparations for Colt Starting: Control the horses' gaits” I explained two dynamic exercises. Now it is about three static exercises which will help the horse to understand us better when riding. These exercises prepare the horse for all downwards transitions as well as stopping.
Why does he not go forward? Why is he running like this? We expect, without question, that our horses willingly accept that we are in control of their impulsion. We only start to think about it once we run into trouble: the horse either won’t go or is rushing and bracing. What seems so easy to us, is not always so easy to understand for our young horses when they get started under saddle.
The good news is that with a few specific exercises done on the ground, you can gain your horse’s respect and willingness to let you control his gaits.
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