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Your Horse's 3 Buttons-Foundation Training Under Saddle

Your Horse's 3 Buttons-Foundation Training Under Saddle

Question: 1. How do I teach my horse to move her shoulders, rib cage, and hind under saddle? 2. Where do I position my leg for these 3 cues? I call these 3 movements my horse's buttons, and they are essential to gaining control of your horse. We also use these buttons as a foundation for other more advanced cues like bending at the walk, spins, and sliding stops :) To start, I teach almost every under saddle exercise on the ground first. Since we start our horses with groundwork, we are working and teaching in a way that's familiar...

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Horse Problem-Won't Move In The Roundpen

Horse Problem-Won't Move In The Roundpen

Question: Hey Andrea! My name is Melissa and I am currently training my first BLM Mustang. He leads, backs, and gives to pressure pretty well at this point but we're struggling in the round pen. When I try to send him off using a lunge whip or flag he doesn't budge. They don't get him moving whatsoever! I started using a plastic bag on the end of a lunge whip and that worked for a little while but then he stopped wanting to move forward and got frustrated. This led to irritation and he began showing concerning behavior. Not completely...

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