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Re: [RC] cruppers - Ed & Wendy Hauser

"...grab them under the tail when they go into a different gait..."

It is just a training issue.  I posted a month ago my system which is:

1. Put the crupper on.
2. Lounge the horse with it, until it no longer reacts.  This takes 0-2
3. Jerk on the crupper from the ground until the horse no longer reacts.
This takes 1-10 minutes.
4. Half mount and jerk on crupper until horse no longer reacts.  (0-10
5. Mount and jerk on crupper. (1 or 2 sessions)
6. Mount, walk and jerk on crupper. (1 session).

This is basic "natural horsemanship" of introducing the new feeling
gradually, in a safe manner.  Most of my horses have required 1 or 2
sessions.  A real reactive horse may take a few more.

I adjust them so that they are almost tight when the saddle is in the proper
place.  They probably tighten with strides at a lope, but the horse doesn't

Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875


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