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The connection with your horse in the Round Pen
For years I have been training "unbroken" horse in a round horse. I' ve modified my training sequences in the last few years, I still start in the round pen with a horse that has not been practiced with a holster or that cannot be securely equipped with a holster or a guide. This gives me a point of departure for my training and gives me the opportunity to base myself on it.
If I can guide the horse, I'll start with the bridle lesson we did in this Perfect Ground Manners game. Once I trained the horse to exert stress and move his waist and shoulder on keywords, he understood the speech of stress and relaxation, and he had already learnt to demand leadership and direction from me.
Starting bridle work can shorten the amount of work I do in the round pen because the horse gets the lesson so much faster. Here we give you an outline of the "20 Steps" programme, which I use as a basis for lesson such as lead without a halter, haunting on the spot and instructing a horse to be bound.
Hopefully you have done some preliminary work with your horse - ideal are the riding lessons - and that you can work around him safe and sound. Think of the pen as a class-room, not a place where you can incinerate your horse's surplus power. Pull your protection boot onto your horse and free the pen from possible dangers.
When your horse's reactions start to get better, you' ll be refining your bodily speech to be more subtile and less apparent. Press to ask the horse: "Please do this" and use an immediate approval of this press to say "Thank you". "No Corners training in a round pen means different things to different individuals, and there are many misunderstandings about it.
Actually, there is no mystic link with a horse in the round pen. The round pen is just a cornerless crown. Since there are no edges, the horse has only restricted possibilities to "escape" the trainer's pressures. This is good in a way, because it limits the possibilities for the horse and it finds the "right" answers faster.
However, it is poor because a coach can put too much strain on a horse if he is not cautious and precise in his demands. If I put a horse into the round pen, I have a certain training objective in my sights. I' m not using it for training or to let the horse consume power.
Using round pen work, I design the controls so that I can keep both the horse and myself secure. Round-Pen -Training does not lead a horse around the pen until it is exhausted or finds out that it comes to peace when it comes to the couch.
Our aim is to keep the horse's energetic health (and of course its health), so we want it to move only as far as is necessary for it to be able to comprehend what we are teach. It is my aim to set up controls, so I try to restrict the amount of times the horse is out of it.
" Also, we use the Round Pen sessions to establish confidence, and the horse will learn to have confidence when it finds that we can keep him under our command without hurting him. Everything we do to injure the horse is out of place. A lot of humans also make the error of getting a horse to stick with them with round pen training, but then they have trouble getting it away from them.
A horse is confident that it is right to stay next to the coach and it can result in a hazardous position. There' ll be a point where we want the horse to stick with us, but on keyword, not on our own. Although there are many advantages to training systematically in the Round Pen, it does not always resolve every issue.
If you work a horse in a round enclosure, it will not react better to the harness because you are not using any harness. However, if the coach is careful to ask only one thing and reward the horse quickly, a whole set of floor techniques will heal. However, round pen training is not perfect for every horse, especially those that tend to be agressive.
When I work with aggressively bridled stallions, I have special bodily controls over them. If you feel in the course of your round pen work that your horse becomes aggresive, makes you look filthy or approaches you threateningly - don't work the horse any further in the pen.
" Hold or harness the horse and work with it, ask small yes-requests, you say you don't have a round pen? Often I urge them to look around their church to see if someone has a round pen that they can use.
I' m really just using a pen for a few training day in the horse my day, so maybe you could see if you can go to a boyfriend for a few training time. I put my safety boot on the horse first, because he could tread himself or hit the railing during a bend and I don't want him to get injured.
Make sure that the pen is freed from anything that could injure or catch the horse or me. I then take the horse into the round stable and let it go so that it can set up in its new environment. Horse will find that if you press him, you want him to do something.
If he does the right thing, you take the heat off him. At first your horse will not be able to understand the shades of your bodily speech, but he will quickly grasp the pattern. If you free him of any kind of stress, your horse will know what you want. Just think, you're talking to two places on the horse - his nostrils and his hips.
Learning to concentrate on one point before giving the horse a sign. Kissing sounds used shortly before or at the same moment as the physical signals to your horse become an indication of "movement". "It does not tell the horse what to move or in which directions to move. A tip I found useful is to act as if the horse had an imagine line over its ankles, right in front of an imagine nut.
If you are in front of this line, you more or less block the horse's forward movement and can ask it to make a turn. We will use the words "outside", which means away from you, and "inside", which means towards you, when we speak about turning the horse. At some point when you worry, think the horse is getting too warm, or for some other cause you think you should stop, then stop.
When you get sleepy, get out of the pen. Do not work your horse any longer or tougher than you would if you were to ride it. And the easier you keep things, the faster the horse will get them. You' re just trying to tell your horse your thoughts, so don't get exhausted and mad at him.
Think only of the fact that printing means, "Do something. "It'?s relieving my blood flow." "The sooner you can say, "Thank you," the sooner the horse will learn. In the Round Pen I am following this special pattern with every horse I work, so that I always know where I am in training: 1. forward to the right.
Start with the horse moving to the right, counter-clockwise around the pen, preferably trotting. When the horse tries to move by itself, ask it again to turn right. Changing directions from the north. In order to ask for a turn, remember to make the horse's nostril turn towards the rail.
Concentrate on his nostrils and move to the picket line, far enough in front of the horse to feel that you intend to obstruct his way. Do not want to frighten the horse or get so near that it could possibly hit you. When necessary, go from the horse over the pen so that he has enough attention before the curve.
In the ideal case the horse turns to the outside - in the way of the rail. Concentrate on the horse's right waist and tell him to move forward. In the ideal case you want the horse to be trotting, but an vigorous gait is fine, as is occasionally galloping. Changing directions out, from the north.
When the horse moves to the right, concentrate on his nostrils and move in front of him so that your bodylanguage "guards" him towards the rail. Changing the outside orientation from the right, like you did from the right. Practise the swings outside until the horse makes them consistent.
Make sure that the horse travels more than half the way around the pen between changes of directions. Want the horse to make an outside curve with the lug at this point. First, you may need to begin asking for the turn when the horse crosses the goal so that it can turn six poles later.
If you and the horse get better at it, it can react earlier. Practise with different places and see how closely you can get the horse to turn. Keep turning from side to side. Meanwhile the horse feels good that it knows the outer curves.
In order to ask for the inner turn, move forward from the line and look at the horse's nostrils. Horse will probably be slower and think you're going to ask for an outside curve. Rather than pushing him to the perimeter gate, steps back to the middle of the pen and invites him to turn to you.
Use the same techniques from right to inside as from inside out. Practise the inner turns until the horse can make them consistent. When the horse is learning to better understand you, you can remain nearer to the centre of the horse and make your movement more subtile.
- Go to your right and turn inside. - Go to the leftside and turn outwards. To help you visualize, you can place tapers in various places outside the round pencil. Utilize the outer curves to tell the horse to stop. It is an important stage in the development of supportive riding, and the speed at which a horse asserts itself differs widely.
Have the horse go to the horse's toes. So if you think you can certainly narrow the gap the horse makes between curves, do so and ask it to make a curve after it has travelled a third of the way around the pen, and so on. Attempt to use less and less bodily speech, which encourages the horse to unwind and observe you.
Proceed with the outer curves until the horse comes to a standstill (usually slightly outwards). Instantly unwind and go to the middle of the pen to release all your stress. That horse will most likely run away, which is fine. Position yourself alongside the rail. Using a set of outer curves, stop the horse as you did in #14.
When the horse is outward, ask it to move forward and start asking for an inside curve. When he looks at you (enough to be close to the fence), you stop asking for the turn. When the horse is turned inward, ask it to go forward and start asking for the outer turn.
Concentrate on the horse's nostrils or hips to make the small adjustment necessary to keep the horse in line with the rail. As soon as the horse remains in a position where it is not moving along the perimeter line, leave to give him a prize. Hold it right next to the rail. It is a refined version of the preceding one.
In all likelihood, if you move into the middle of the pen, the horse will run away. Now, you're gonna ask him to stop. It' gonna take him a few rounds to realize it's okay just to be there. If the horse can do this well with his right side on the rail, then do step 14, 15 and 16 and end with his right side on the rail.
I want both your eyes, please. That is a very important move. that the horse looks at you with both hands, but without touching his legs. Place the horse so that its right side is next to the rail. Go to the picket line, about 15 ft in front of him.
When the horse is moving, re-position it as before. If he feels well, gently give him a gentle bow to ask him to look at you with both your eyes. Oh. When he is not looking at you, go to the centre of the pen to indicate his hips to go forward. Invite him to stop again parallelly to the gate, go to the gate in front of him and give a little bit of a hug to him to ask him to look at you.
Practise this move from the other side, with its side to the right of the rail. Watch me with both your eyes; bow your throat. When the horse is parked next to the gate, again with his right side next to the gate, and you 15 ft in front of him, give him a good look at you with both your kisses.
If he' s fixed on you, kick to the right. And you can even turn around and back away if you think he needs a big relief. Invite him to move around the pen and then stop again at the same time as the rail. Go to the picket line like before and give him a hug.
Maybe you have to kick to the right to get his eye back before you continue to the right. Playing with it, keep stepping aside and ask the horse to look at you with both your eyes. What you are doing is not afraid of the horse. It is your goal to let his legs point forward, but his throat is bowed when he looks at you.
Although we want the horse to finally turn around and face us, we want him to take this stride with a beautiful, low curve in his throat. Make sure that you perform this operation from both sides. Look around and look from the south. Encourage the horse to move forward and stop at the same time as the stop.
Meanwhile, you don't have to go to the picket line. If you move towards his hips and he keeps bending his throat, he will finally turn his torso so that he faces you. Under the assumption that it is sure to do this, go up and stroke him, and then turn around and go away.
It could be following you or it could just be standing there. Perform the same routine as in 19, start with the horse's right side running along the edge of the enclosure and make him turn his throat to the right. Practise the last few moves until the horse turns to look at you with both your eye, no matter where you are in the stable.
There will be a session in the next few weeks to learn how to guide your horse with an unseen guiding cable.