Worked with a couple of horses yesterday but again the ground is pretty wet and boggy. So we were not able to get a whole lot done, but a little is better then nothing.
I have often heard folk’s say that they are worried that, because they have not worked with their horses in awhile, that they are going to have to start all over again. In some cases, especially early on in a horses training, you may have that problem. The reason is because they are just learning the concepts of what you are trying to teach them and that takes a little time, but once the horse has the concept you should not have to go back to the beginning every time you lay your horse off for a while. There are times here on the ranch when I won’t have a chance to work with my own horses, because of outside horses or other work I need to get done. But I’m able to go out, even if I have not touched them in months, and ask them to do an exercise and they do it like we just did it yesterday.
So if you are having trouble in this area, I am guessing that your horse does not have the basic concept of the exercises that you are trying to teach them. In the program that I use, my program, I teach these exercises in a certain order. The reason I do that is because each exercise build on the one that came before. For example I teach the horse to engage his hindquarters at a stand still. Some folks call what I do disengaging the hind quarters because the horse crosses his hind legs as he turns to look at me. But what I have found, after hours of study and observation, is what I’m really teaching my horse to do is step up, underneath himself. That’s engagement not disengagement. Anyway, I teach this more or exercise at a stand still first. Then when I start to teach the horse how to lunge and he figures that out, I’m going to have to get him to stop. He already knows how to engage his hind end to a stop at a stand still, so it’s not that big a leap for him to understand what I want him to do at a trot in a lunge.But is he does not have it figured out at a stand still, he won't understand w
So, if you are having trouble with your horses not remembering or refusing to do the move or exercise you have worked with them before on, just back up a bit, till the horse remembers. He will and you will find that if you teach the lessons in order he won’t forget.