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Re: RC: Jim's list
...Or I could have said it another way with an old Paris Island wall
"The more your train and sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war"
Jim, Sun of Dimanche, and Mahada magic.
Truman Prevatt wrote:
> Jim is the Marine through an through. Never go to battle till properly
> trained - be it human on patrol or horse on an endurance ride. Expect
> the best, demand the best, train for the best and you will get the
> Kathy Mayeda wrote:
> > Jim sez:
> > If you want a horse that is not "out of control" at the beginning of
> > the ride, you need to ask yourself if your horse can do AT LEAST the
> > following:
> > 1. You and another rider are walking along beside each other. If
> > the other rider suddenly canters off, will your horse continue
> > to walk with nothing more than a pick up of the reins or just
> > an "aaann't"?
> > 2. If you're walking along in a group of say, 8-10 riders, can you
> > stop your horse and have him stand quietly while they all walk
> > off?
> > 3. Riding by yourself on the trail or in an arena, can you go
> > from a walk to a trot to a canter to a trot to a walk with
> > nothing more than a verbal or "body english" cue on a slack
> > rein?
> > 4. Does your horse respond readily to leg cues? That is, can you
> > turn on hind, turn on fore, sidepass, and back with little or
> > no rein pressure. You need this as part of his training to
> > provide "work" when he isn't listening.
> > 5. Will your horse, at a walk, stop on a verbal "Whoa", then
> > resume on a "kiss" with no rein action?
> > 6. Will your horse drop his head with poll pressure? Will he also
> > do it with a rein cue at a trot, canter, and even at a gallop?
> > There are a zillion other things that go into "conditioning" a horse
> > to be under control at all times. IMHO, all those mechanical things
> > like Martingales, special bits, etc. are just a way of attempting to
> > overcome a lack of training. Just depends on how much time and
> > effort you're willing to put into it. Pay me now, or pay me later.
> > How much is your body worth? Personally, I'm chicken! <grin> Jim,
> > Sun of Dimanche, and Mahada Magic
> > Iím just cracking up because I could pretty much say yes to all of
> > the above except for that poll pressure thing because I canít do it
> > with the snaffle and his neck is too long to reach it without
> > climbing onto his neck. Everything is nice and dandy in theory
> > above. I agree with it (except for your stupid poll thing).
> > Iíve done some PNH training and know all about disengaging
> > hindquarters, zones, etc. but have seen some Level 3 PNH trainers
> > having runaway horses, too!
> > But Beau is not a green horse. He is very quiet and a dream to ride
> > under most situations Ė including group training rides. I let my
> > inexperienced niece ride him on the trail while Iím riding my
> > greenie Drako, because heís pretty pushbutton. Just a different
> > animal on race day.
> > K.
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