I got a couple pictures from atop Tucson yesterday. He continues to make really good progress in the saddle. We are doing more riding and less and less ground work. He still needs the work on the ground, but like anything else, once a horse has it figured out, it’s better to review and work on other skills then to keep pounding on something that he already is doing well.
We are working on flexing to a stop, circles at a walk and a trot, following the rail and side passing, really leg yielding, down the rail.
Flexing to a stop is something that I don’t see many people work on and I don’t hear many trainers out there talking much about it either. I think, and of course it’s just me, that flexing to a stop teaches a horse so many things that it is invaluable. What skills does it teach a horse, you ask? Good question, again.
Flexing to a stop teaches a horse to stand still when being mounted. How does that work you ask? When I get on a horses back, that I own or am training, I want the horse to not move till I ask him to. So, when I get mounted I start to flex my horse from side to side. If my horse starts to move off without being asked, I will flex him to a stop. I will hold that flex till the horse stops and softens to my hand. The instant that the horse give to that pressure and looks back at me, I will let go of the reins and tell him what a good boy he is. Then we will flex from side to side, getting him to relax and stand still. Teaching a horse to stand still when being mounted is so important. Most accidents that happen, happen when people are mounting or dismounting their horse.
Let’s talk more about flexing tomorrow.
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