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Re: RC: John Lyons methods for spooky horse wrote:

> In a message dated 5/16/99 9:09:35 AM US Mountain Standard Time,
> writes:
> << Anyway, In round pen work, Lyon's is confusing at times with his
>  instruction. I'd like to know what to start with first in the round pen.
>  I know he buils his teaching with one thing and then adds another. On
>  the 2nd symposium tape, he's taking a virtually wild arabian who never
>  really even been halter broke and teaching it as the tape starts to move
>  when he kisses to it and then after the horse is moving well, he starts
>  asking it to chnage direction, saying inside, outside, and also adding R
>  & L to the instruction. He'd say, " Inside to the Right" or Outside to
>  the Left" This seems an awefull lot for a horse to pick up.

In MY opinion, when he says "inside to the right" etc. he is not telling the
HORSE what to do, he is informing the AUDIENCE what the horse WILL do.  This is
showmanship and so much more impressive to an audience to realize that he can
actually predict what a horse will do.

Thank you so much Melanie for your wonderful explanation of the round pen
procedures.  I've tried to work with some of my horses on this in the past.  I'm
printing out your explanation for future reference.


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