MOVE THE HIP & SHOULDER
Now that you know how to sequence your cues, apply your hand signals to other
parts of your horse’s body. Ask him to disengage his hindquarters by simply
pointing at his hip. If he doesn’t move, stomp your feet and cluck. If he still
doesn’t move, point at his shoulder and poke as a reinforcement of your cue.
(You may choose to have a stick in hand to help keep you out of the kick zones.)
Be careful to slow down your cues when working on moving your horse’s hip.
You don’t want him to just move away from you in a reactionary way; you want
him to learn the cue and move thoughtfully. Point, and he should move away one
step at a time.
Moving the hip and shoulder is easiest to teach when the horse has some
forward motion. Once he knows your cues, you can stop his forward travel with a
correction of the rope.
Point to his shoulder and ask him to move to the side. Again, sequence your
cue so that you point, stomp and cluck, poke with your finger, then reinforce by
bumping or waving the rope.
Once you can point to move your horse’s hip and shoulder, you can alternate
the cues to ask your horse to sidepass. Point to the hip and have him move one
step; then point to the shoulder. Repeat the hip and shoulder steps one at a time
until the horse sidepasses easily from the ground.
These cues will help you bond with your horse and will make your horse safer
to handle and more focused on you. You’ll also be able to carry over the cues to
riding. Teaching body control will help you work more easily with your horse
from the ground or the saddle.
Move the horse’s
hip and shoulder
by pointing, then
poking with your
finger. As soon as
he moves, release
Soon he will
understand that he
should yield from
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