Working at Liberty: Changing Directions Alone

Don’t have a helper available to assist you work your horse at liberty? No problem! Here’s a variation of the neat method I gave you to change your horse’s direction when working at liberty in a paddock or arena when you don’t have an assistant. You can still ask the horse to change directions at liberty without “manually” stopping him and turning him around.

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“Working at Liberty: Changing Directions”

In the next two articles I am going to give you two methods to change your horse’s direction when working at liberty in a paddock or arena. Each technique eliminates the need to stop the horse and “manually” turn him around so that he is facing in the opposite direction. Instead he will learn to respond to your commands to turn and change directions on his own as he travels on a “diagonal track”

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At Liberty: Releasing the Horse

The last Lynn Palm article explained how to safely and effectively work our horse at liberty. In Part I, I explained the benefits of liberty work, proper use of the whip, which is an important tool, and handler position.

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Ponying Your Horse, Part 2

In this article we are continuing our discussion of how to “pony” your horse. “Ponying” means leading one horse from another horse that you are mounted on. In the last issue I shared the benefits of ponying, equipment needed, and how to start at the walk. If your pony horse shows he understands what you are asking him to do at the walk, we can move on in this newsletter to teaching him to pony at the trot.

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Riding the Spooky Horse

To review, we have discussed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including reading the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it, preparing the rider through warm up and stretching exercises, and building safety and confidence on the trail.

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The Horse Who Runs Up from Behind

To review, we have discussed important steps to prepare for training on the trail, including reading the horse to recognize his inner energy level and working with him to release it, preparing the rider through warm up and stretching exercises, and building safety and confidence on the trail. I’ve also covered training tips for dealing with the horse who wants to always be in the lead.

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Upward Transitions

In this article we will incorporate upward transitions from a jog/trot to a halt and the upward transition of the halt to jog/trot in the pattern. I’ll explain the aids the rider should use to keep her horse “straight” on the circles

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