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Experts Tips for How to Create a Responsive Horse

Here is some curated advice from our experts on how to create a responsive horse: Keep your aids as light as possible that will still create a response. Horses can feel a fly on their skin, so they should not need strong leg or hand aids. In particular, avoid “creeping” into stronger and stronger aids. You only create a duller horse with unclear or heavy-handed aids. Remember to reward “try” in training new exercises. Even a small attempt at the behaviour being asked should be rewarded with a release. Build up to more complete or more intense exercises gradually while keeping your aids light. Pay attention to details. Have you asked for a transition clearly and correctly? If the horse lags or runs into a transition, go back to the original gait, rebalance the horse with half-halts, then ask for the transition again. Keep things fresh. A change of scenery,…

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