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Boost Willingness & Create Softness

Riding requires a partnership between horse and rider – sometimes you have to give and other times you have to take. Most of us tend to micromanage our horses, “helping” them through every movement with our aids, and rarely allowing them to show us how capable they are of staying on task…or not. The following exercise has been designed to boost willingness and confidence between horse and rider. It will help you develop a “sharing point” for the responsibility of executing manoeuvres in a soft and focused way. If your horse “checks out” when you stop controlling him with your aids, or gets stiff and resistant when you apply aids, then this exercise can help you. The Problem Typically, when we ask a horse to canter a circle, for example, we have a tendency to hold him on the circle every stride with our aids. We have some contact on…

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