With halter and lead, lead the horse around arena maintaining a 6' distance.
The horse should never enter your space unless invited. When walking ahead of the horse, the horse should maintain the 6' distance. When you go, the horse must go, when you stop the horse must stop.
Position yourself in front of the horse so you can see him in your peripheral vision, and this is also an excellent time to start learning the feel, by focusing on the pressure of the rope from you to him.
Ask 1- Walk forward drawing your horse with your body energy.
Ask 2- Use a slight pull on the lead line to start your horse moving.
Ask 3- If your horse still does not move forward, begin walking to the right or left until the horse follows.
Walk forward about 10 feet, then stop, your horse should stop, keeping the six-foot distance between you. If the horse continues to move forward after you have stopped, ask the horse to back up.
Once he has stepped back into the six-foot position, begin again. Walk another 10 or 20 feet, and stop again. He should stop. If not, repeat the process and continue until he will maintain 6 foot behind you all the way around the arena and will stop when you stop, and the horse has both eyes on you. Having both eyes on you means he is now focusing on you.
Remember to reward your horse with a rest period at the end of the lead line when he is successful at keeping his six-foot distance.
I love this exercise because it lets me know how much attention my horse has on me. If my horse doesn't stop when I turn around, that means my horse is more focused on something else..
However, when he stops when I do, then that means my horse and I are starting to connect.
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