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Re: RC: Trotting on command

In a message dated 10/28/99 11:10:16 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

<< HOW do you make, request, convince your horse to trot beside you?  I've
 tried using a dressage whip in my left hand to tap her on the hip behind
 me as we go, but get NO response at all. >>

It's hard to explain this without a hands-on demo, as a lot has to do with 
your own body language, positioning, timing, etc.  You have to be careful 
that you use the whip as the extension of your arm to "bite" her in the butt 
but without having your body language saying "stop."  You must be pointed 
forward yourself, with your mind forward, and your "signals" going forward.  
If you have difficulty with this, try lunging to begin with, and if need be, 
get some John Lyons or similar instruction about how your body position 
signals to the horse.

As to being gaited--most of us are used to it, but it doesn't hurt to mention 
it at vet in, either.


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