I’ve had a change of heart. I previously said you should master one exercise before moving on to the next. However, as the second Uberstreichen Exercise is a lot easier to do than the first, I'd like you to give it a try to see how your horse responds, even though he may not yet be able to do everything I mentioned with the first exercise. When you read about this second exercise though, it will seem easy to do but don’t be surprised to find out that your horse will need training and practice. Please do not get frustrated and quit. At first, your horse may do the exercise easily but be a little harder to control. It is part of the process so be prepared.
You can do both the first and second exercises at the same time. The second I believe will help you to complete the requirements of the first.
We are going to add another 10 minutes to your exercises. As you advance, no more time will be added to your practice time. Remember as you are practicing the exercises to continue to do your usual program of riding and training with or without tack. The Uberstreichen Exercises are made to benefit all equestrian pursuits, meaning you can add them to any existing program. You should notice an overall improvement in the other things you do with your horse from your practice of the UE.
Do not work with the program on the days your horse is not super willing and behaving like a well-trained horse that is focused on you and in a good mood.
Spend 10 minutes on the first exercise working on the arch of the neck standing in front of the horse and then another 10 minuets on the second exercise.
You will never work more than, 20 minutes a day on the UE.
For the second exercise, start out walking your horse on a loose line in a circle of about 15 to 20 meters diameter. Choose the size of the circle that is the easiest for you and your horse to do together. Do this for 5 minutes. You should have a magnetic connection in walk, which means that the horse will naturally move with you around the circle at your side and stop and go when you stop and go.
Remember these exercises are for advanced horses that can perform the Waterhole Rituals or pass the test I laid out in the beginning of the course.
As your start with companion walking, halt your horse about every 15 feet around the circle.
Halt on a dropped line and wait there for a count of 7. If your horse moves off, use the rope to bring him back and put him on the exact spot he was standing on and get him to stand there on a dropped line. Take all the time you need till the horse learns to stand exactly where you tell him.
After 5 minutes of walking and halting around the circle, you can add the next part of the exercise. When your horse is at a halt, take the rope about 10 inches down from the halter and gently pull his head down by give and take. Take a hold of your horse more than give until your horse’s head is waist high from the ground. His ears can be above your waistline. Lower your body down when you are asking him to lower his head. Both you and your horse should be stood parallel. When his head is down where you want it, release the hold. If it comes up, bring it down and release the hold. Practice this head down in a halt position for no more that 10 seconds and then ask him to walk with you on a dropped line for another 15 feet. Repeat this for 5 minutes.
If your horse stalls in his companion walking or does not want to go forward from the halt, use the reed behind you and tap your horse forward with it. Make any adjustments you need with the rope and always work on getting the horse to a dropped line when ever you can.
Try to keep your horses head straight when his head is down and do not let him look off to the side. Use the pull of the rope to make the adjustment.
As your horse is more able to do this exercise you can start asking him to lower is head and to tuck is nose when it is lowered.
You want him to learn to hold his head down and tucked on a dropped line for a count of 7 only. Take as many days as necessary to get to a count of 7, there is no hurry. The longer the horse takes to learn what you want him to do, the more effective the UE is to the overall performance of the horse. When your horse comes out of “the tuck” or raises his head, use the rope to guide him back. When his head is where you want it, release it and wait until you need to bring him back to the position you want him to be in.
That’s it. We have now completed the second UE and I hope you find this exercise a lot easier than the first. After you can do this exercise easily, I will explain why I chose it but first you have to go out and try it!
Summary of the Second Uberstreichen Exercise
- Start out 5 minutes on a circle on a dropped line in companion walking position, your horse at your side.
- Every 15 feet halt your horse and try not to use the rope unless your horse is clearly not going to stop. Go back to the dropped line.
- Stand at a halt for 7 seconds and walk on.
- Next 5 minutes, ask the horse to lower his head at the halt, repeating the same pattern.
- When your horse can do this, you then add the nose tuck as part of the exercise.