3L Horsemanship Clinics
Driving Hand-Direction Hand
When sending the horse your hands have two different functions. One hand is a direct hand, tells the horse which direction to go. The other hand, the driving hand, is what drives the horse forward.
With halter and lead-send horse in a circle at a walk or trot, keeping afloat in lead, Then obtain lateral flexion, disengage hindquarters, stop the horse, back up, and send horse opposite way, moving the shoulders first.
When sending the horse, you must stand behind the center line.
Pressure should only be applied if your horse fails to maintain gait, or if he stops.
As soon as your horse is going the speed you want, lessen the energy of the driving hand.
Now drive your horse to the left and take your position behind its centerline. Stay behind the centerline for as long as you want to drive your horse forward.
to the end of the line. Now as he approaches the end of the rope, lift your left arm and point to the left, the direction you want your horse to move. If necessary, tug to encourage the horse to point his nose that way.back up Now stand several feet in front of the horse's face and ask him to horse around in a circle, the handler must be aware of the horse’s body position. The horse should move forward, "Straight" that is, the inside hind foot on the same line, not off to one side or the other. This is true whether the horse is traveling in a straight line or in a circle. When traveling on a circle, the bend should be through the horse’s body, with the degree of bend appropriate to the size of the circle.
Adjust the horse’s posture as necessary, to keep him traveling straight.
focus on hips
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