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Re: training a trail horse on switch backs
Posted by Horseygirl on 6/15/2016, 4:58 am, in reply to "training a trail horse on switch backs"
Sure.....at a standstill, begin to flex him in one directon. He may move his feet at first but just hold until his feet stop and then release. Remember to bring your rein to one side and hold solid (like against your hip so your horse cannot pull the rein out of your hand or away from your side). Start small but soon your horse should be bringing his nose around to your toe. You should be able to find many youtube videos on flexing your horse.....by any of the natural horseman.....Clinton Anderson, Pat Parelli folks, or whoever....just check it out. All that being said, when you ride tight switchbacks even with a horse that can flex AND ride straight lines and stay with you, you must shorten your reins and provide good leadership being very specific in guiding them through the turns. Don't expect your horse to see the trail and stay on it in on switchbacks. IF you need some help, I'm in the East Bay area and would be happy to see what you and your horse need.