Here is the information I promised my current online Waterhole Rituals class on how to develop a draw on your horse at Liberty dancing for the “call up”.
What the class was doing in the “call up” was stopping and “backing up” when the horse was not in front of them. This makes it hard for the horse to see his handler. The class had a tendency to be behind the horse in the “call up”, which put the horse leaving his handler, making it more difficult for the horse to want to return when called. You want to be in front of your horse for the “call up” for his initial training. In this position the horse is coming towards you when you are backing up. In this position it is easy for the horse to return. Since you are working in a rectangle the rectangle plays an integral part in helping you to be in the right position for the “call up”.
When you are influencing your horse to move independently from you, with lots of energy in trot or canter, you will notice that you are closer to one side of the fence line than the other. When you go to call your horse up what you want to do is to stop your driving aids by not moving forward and then proceed by pulling back and move to the other side of the fence line so that when he turns to go down the fence on the other side you are then in front of him. This way when you invite him to join you he is headed towards you, which makes it natural for him to then “come up” to you from your invitation. He also has two eyes on you, which causes you to have the full attention of your horse.
Remember at first when he is coming up to you that he might be slow, at a walk rather than trotting all the way up, and this is “ok”. He will evolve into coming all the way up in trot from a week of practice or less. When he comes to you at a trot, ask for companion trotting and take him to a destination when he can take a break for about 5 minutes (more or less) and then you can repeat the exercise. You want your horse to feel very proud of himself.
If you feel you cannot slow your horse down when he is coming up to you, step towards your horse to slow him down. If this does not work, send him out again in a way that keeps the flow between you. What I mean by this is do not send him away punitively.
You do not want your horse charging you and you don’t want to lose your influence when he is coming to you. Your horse needs to look for your direction as he is coming up to you in how you want him to approach you, whether to slow down or pick up speed. You regulate your horse’s speed, theoretically by moving forward or backwards, moving backwards creates more speed and moving forward slows the horse down. Do not work on this speed control in the beginning because your horse first needs to get the idea.
In the training of your horse, you will need to adjust your horse’s response to you daily. Start each day as if your horse knows nothing and work from this point of view and see where it takes you that day. Whatever your horse offers you that day, be fine with it. It is normal that some days will be great and others will feel like you have slipped backwards. Understanding this will help you to relax and enjoy the journey.
The Waterhole Rituals really will help you to keep your horse brilliant and loving life. In my life I have found that it is easier for people to train a horse to a championship performance than to “keep” a horse a champion. If you remember that the Waterhole Rituals are about focusing on the adjustments of your horse’s attitude, you will be able to do this. The trick is knowing how to “keep” your horse feeling responsible and enthusiastic to the performance that you are asking from him.
Whatever takes place it is in your hands and the results of your horse’s attitude and performance is of your own doing.
Thank you for being in my current online Waterhole Rituals class. This class was enthusiastic which made it a lot of fun for me and I want to thank you for loving your animals like you all do!!
Training should be the best part of a horse’s day. Just remember he will have times when he does not like doing things, but when it is in balance with what he likes it actually creates more interest and enthusiasm in his attitude.
Have a great weekend! Be on the lookout for new horse and human sightings and may the horse be with you.
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