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Training Tip of the Week: Lunging for Respect – troubleshooting a hot, nervous horse and a lazy horse

 

Hot, nervous horse? Do more changes of direction.
Changes of direction slow a horse’s feet down and get him to use the thinking side of his brain. The last thing you want to do with a horse that wants to race around is let him keep building up speed as he circles you. Constantly make his feet change directions which will get him to use the thinking side of his brain.

Lazy horse? Keep him going around the circle longer before you yield him.
Do less yielding and more going around in the circle. The last thing you want to do is keep shutting him down by making him change directions. Get some hustle to his feet before yielding his hindquarters. The faster you make a lazy horse’s feet go, the better attitude he will eventually have. The slower you let him go, the more disrespectful he will become.