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Game 6: The Sideways Game

Why on earth would smooth backwards and sideways make your horse better at anything else? What do they even have to do with everything else? Backwards and sideways have everything to do with your horse’s impulsion and emotional fitness - which influences almost everything else your horse does. If you have a sticky, slow backup or a sideways with your horse bent like a banana (if he goes sideways at all), then chances are you have a horse that is impulsive (more go than whoa) or dull (more whoa than go). Either one is an impulsion problem. I would bet that if you put pressure on your horse to go backwards or straighten his sideways then he would become pretty upset, even to the point of exploding with a rear, buck or champing his mouth. Impulsion means controlled energy. Yes, this refers to physical energy, but it also refers to…

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