Last night the wind kicked up here. Does that from time to time, and always makes training a bit of a pain. Horses don't like it, I don't like it, but that's the way it goes. Charlie continues to do great. We are working on circles and flexing, which is what we are working on in the picture. Circles are a real key to getting a horse soft and flexible. Circles at a walk a trot and a canter are all important. Flexing, as I have said many times at clinics and here, are another key that a horse must understand. Some folks call them one rein stops, don't matter to me what you call them. But flexing your horse till he stops can teach a horse a ton more then just flexing to a stop, but in order for it to have the effect and results you want you have to break in down for the horse. I use three cues to teach this to a horse. It's not just pulling your horses head to the side until he stops that teaches him anything, it's what you do before he stops. So, what I do when I'm at a walk a trot or a canter, is use these three cues. First I take a deep seat in the saddle. What that means is I push my hips under my body and sit on the pockets of my jeans, the second thing I do is reach for the rein that I'm going to use to flex my horse, and the third is flex my horse. These cues, deep seat, reach for the rein, flex, are teaching the horse to feel, and understand, what's about to happen. You MUST apply these cues separately in order for them to work. If you try to do all three at the same time your horse won't have a clue what you're talking about. In time, if you show him all three cues separately, when you take a deep seat, your horse is going to know that something is about to happen, when you reach for the rein, he knows that you are about to flex him and he will try to get his feet underneath himself so that he is balanced when you do. It won't take him long, and before you know it, when you take a deep seat, he will be stopping without you're having to flex or use the rein to ask for the stop.
Give it a try and let me know how you do.
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