The Click That Teaches Lesson 12: Riding on a Triangle: From Capture the Saddle to Three-Flip-Three by Alexandra Kurland

The Click That Teaches Lesson 12: Riding on a Triangle: From Capture the Saddle to Three-Flip-Three
Alexandra Kurland

Learn how to:

* Use cues as problem solving tools.

* Get a stuck horse to move.

* Develop the beginnings of lateral work

* Create a great riding relationship with your horse.

The longer we stay with an exercise the more good things we see it can give us.

Does your horse dance around at the mounting block? Does he sidle away as soon as you put your foot in the stirrup? This lesson shows you how to use the power of cues to interrupt this pattern. And once you're on, it shows you how to use the single-rein riding to get a stuck horse in motion. And once the feet are moving, how to use a basic cone circle exercise to create the beginnings of lateral work.

This lesson beautifully illustrates this concept. It begins by looking at a very frustrating problem; a horse that siddles backwards each time the rider starts to get on. Over time horse and rider have evolved a long dance routine at the mounting block. The horse lines up beautifully, but she reads any move towards the stirrup as a cue to back up. Back up, come forward, back again. We've probably all seen it. This kind of mounting block jig is very common.

So the lesson begins by looking at the power of cues to interrupt this long standing pattern. It adds extra layers to the "Capture the Saddle" lesson presented in Lesson #11.

In the "Capture the Saddle" DVD you learn how to ask the horse to soften his jaw to the side and yield his hips to bring him to a stand still at the mounting block. So obviously, yielding the hips can get a horse to stop. Yielding the hips can also get a horse to go. The same basic exercise can create two very different results. In this DVD you'll see how we get a stuck horse to connect her feet to the reins and to go into motion.

That same softening the jaw and connecting the feet to the hips can now be used to ride a simple pattern around a circle of cones. This is the same exercise I introduced in the "Capture the Saddle" DVD, but now I'm going to take it a step further to show you an easy way to pop out the beginnings of lateral flexions. So in this one lesson we go from a stuck-in-cement horse to one that is beginning to flow into lateral flexions.

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