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Training Tip of the Week: Timing is critical when getting your horse to go over an obstacle


When you apply pressure is critical when asking a horse to go over an object. Never pressure the horse when he is investigating the obstacle or thinking about going over it. Instead, pressure him away from the object. It’s a lot like loading a horse in a trailer. You put pressure on him away from the trailer and take the pressure away when he gets to it. Make the object look like the easy part of the day. So when he comes up to the object and is considering jumping over it, back him away – retreat. Then send him forward again by pointing and applying more pressure with the stick and string. You’re making being away from the object hard work and creating energy in his feet so that his momentum will carry him over the object. Try not to apply the pressure as he actually gets up to the object. Remember, make the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult.