|Michigan 6 year old TWH/SSH, ridden in snaffle
and tucker endurance saddle in round pen, pasture by adv beginner
Question: I just read the article "Making
Contact" by Lee Ziegler. Great article! I am riding my
horse now by himself and he is constantly wanting to go back to his "buddies".
In order to control him, I put more pressure on his mouth and when he slows
I release it (I look like the person in the 1st picture). My
friend suggested going to a curb bit but in looking at those, they have
different size ports.
From Panelist Lee
We all look like that first picture sometimes .. but try not to!
Better than putting pressure on steadily and releasing only when he
slows, you might find the technique of the half halt more useful -- use
a series of vibration/releases .. never a steady pull, with a final release
and stopping the vibrations when he does slow down. Accompany
this with a slightly deeper seat ( putting your weight just a tad
toward your tailbone ,not so much toward the front of your crotch, to be
indelecate about it) and low
The "one rein stop" technique is also effective if you have a horse that is trying to run off with you, but it sounds as if yours is just a little anxious at being left behind. The pull/slack .. pull/slack approach of the half halt will probably work better for you. Give it a try.
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