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Foot Control with Steve Rother

One of the most effective ways to communicate with your horse is to maintain good, “balanced” control of his feet. A horse’s instinct is to move whenever he is troubled or confused. If you are able to move his feet in a direction of your choice, however, you will be able to help relieve his stress in tough situations and teach him many manoeuvres. Once you start to concentrate on your horse’s feet, you can focus on finding “balance,” in which your horse moves forwards, backwards, left and right under the same amount of pressure. Try the following sequence of manoeuvres to help improve your horse’s balance. Remember to focus on the feet, isolate their movement and reward any effort. Note that it is easier to start from the ground (as you can see your horse’s feet), and then you can graduate to the saddle, where you will have to…

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