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Round Penning: What Do I Do First?
Are you starting a young horse or re-training an older one? I strongly recommend making an investment of just $5.99 for my round-penning course.
- Download and print from your home computer
- 5 days, 5 chapters
- Learn at your own pace
An excerpt from Round Pen: First Steps
Keeping this mind should help: Take four seconds to make a correction and that's four seconds worth of things the horse could figure are "what you're looking for." Does he get to stop running when you hold your arm in a certain way or when a leaf blows by? Did he get to rest because he shook a fly off, because he stopped with his left foot cocked or because he simply stopped? It's all the same to him, so always, always, always, release your pressure as soon as you can. See if you can't release your pressure when you think the horse is "thinking about doing what's right." Look for telltale signs like "he always places weight on his left foot before moving to the right." In that case, releasing as you see the weight shift will teach the horse far quicker than you waiting for the actual complete movement (him "moving to the right").