When Establishing your Relationship with your Horse

Disengaging Hind End
When disengaging the hind end, the rear leg closest to you should be stepping up and under the horses’ belly and inside and across the outside hind.

Establishing Manners
As you cross from one side of the horse to the other from the front. Be particular in that the horse moves its head ever so slightly away from you, enabling you to walk easily from one side to the other. Should the horse try to block you place your hand up towards the eye closest to you and gently tip its head away. Its not a push so as not to let the horse lean on you, but just enough so as the horse moves its head with a suggestion.

Softness from your Horse
Try to get your horse to soften in the poll and neck with open hands positioned above the poll and the bridge of the nose. About where the nose band would be positioned with a good fitting halter. Suggest to the horse to soften, move away from your hands to lower its head. Remember its not a pushing contest. Wait for the horse to move away from pressure. Release momentarily and continue with suggestions to lower further.

What to look for when lunging
To help with the horse moving around you on the end of a halter shank as in lunging around us in a controlled manner. Be aware of the shape or form of your horse. Looking for a soft bend from the horses’ nose to its tail, with its ribs held up away from us. The legs should be travelling equal. In that the front end and hind end are travelling the same speed. Thus, the horse will be travelling a crisp circle with an even gait. When you change direction with horse smoothness is optimal asking the horse to lead with its shoulder first making a definite change in direction.

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