We are going to teach the horse to discriminate between types of rein pressure. We want lateral direct pressure to mean only bend your neck. This sets the horse up for riding with accuracy. Bending the neck without moving the feet will help solidify a one-rein emergency stop when the time comes.
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Riding from the ground is fun for the “rider” and the horse. Practice this simple exercise to get control and eliminate resistance. Riding from the ground will also tell you safely where the potential danger zones are while you are still safely on the ground. It won’t hurt to do a lot of this.
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We prepare for riding from the ground, by first helping the horse understand the human is only a little weird, but still fun to play with. Be aware that you are violating that good leading behavior you worked so hard to get in basic training. The key is making the hand on the back the signal that a different behavior will be rewarded.
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We want the horse to understand the two cues that typically mean move in a rearwards direction: lead rope pressure and a verbal “back”. In this task, we focus on the lead rope or rein pressure Installing a low latency response to a rein pressure cue will make your horse much safer to ride.
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The animal may already be conditioned in such a way that the tasks of taming will be harder. They won’t be impossible, but definitely harder. Take it into consideration, adjust your timetable to progress at a microscopic scale, molecule by molecule. Train in short 3 minute sessions with a written down goal. Don’t give up. Write or call for help. My goal is to help people help animals so I won’t mind at all.
In this task, the animal learns to go forward without the trainer in leading position and to start walking in response to the verbal cue “Walk-On”. This could more easily be taught with negative reinforcement, but we choose to use least-coercive methods.
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Seriously, your horse could suddenly become very fond of highway construction zones after this training. Keep that in mind.
The ultimate goal of Task 32 is to extend our ability to give the horse information and get them moving away from us on cue. We teach the horse to be “sent” places, leaving leading position, and walking in front of the human. The horse must take the cue and move away from us to reach the goal.
This is what it looks like with a horse on lead.
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