We teach a horse to upset
We teach a horse to upset
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where the ability of a horse to calmly and smoothly lay back was extremely necessary? At the same time, you asked the horse to step back, but instead of smoothly, without fuss, besieging, as you imagined, the horse acted as if you had forgotten to remove it from the parking brake: threw back your head and neck, raising them high in protest and the hooves seemed to just stick to the ground. Or maybe she didn’t go straight back, but moved somewhere at an angle of 90 degrees from where you were?
Sowing is a really useful skill for a horse, and you can start training it at any time – while in the stable or working in the arena under the saddle, whether it is a young horse or already more experienced. The ability to smoothly send a horse back in any direction you need can be useful to you in a wide variety of situations. This wonderful tool will even help you open the gate if you do not want to dismount from the horse.
We must begin by realizing which upsetting is correct and balanced. We know that the horse must go backward, however, how exactly it should do it is crucial for the overall success of the movement.
When the horse goes back, its legs move in diagonal pairs. The right front and left hind legs move back together. This is one step. Then the left front and right hind legs together move back (second step). At the same time, the horse should remain straight, its rear should step slightly deeper under the body with each step.
The horse’s back should remain relaxed, as should its head and neck. When she besieges as far as you wanted, she will have to immediately, without hesitation, go forward as soon as you ask her about it.
As the horse moves backward, the rider must remain upright, using the muscles of the cortex to lighten the sciatic bones slightly. The rider shifts the shankel a little back to induce the horse to raise its legs, and then prevents it from moving forward with a passive occasion. The rider can use his legs either together or one after the other, depending on the situation.
All this sounds easy enough, however, if you do not have a good basic training, you will not achieve a calm, relaxed upsetting, just following the above recommendations. In fact, many unsuccessful or erroneous upsets performed by riders are a direct result of a lack of fundamentals and patience when it comes to explaining the horse what they expect from her.
As mentioned above, horses can begin to be taught to ride up at an early age. It usually begins with a request to step back in the stall. Instead of just pushing the horse, think about using this basic movement as a starting point (later you can continue training him in the saddle).
Regardless of the age of your horse, I suggest that you first bring her to the playpen (completely saddled, if necessary), and begin to explain to her the principle of upsetting in her hands. Ask the horse to stop correctly (“squarely”). As soon as she stops, she will stand without fidgeting, put your hand on her chest in front (where the base of the neck is) and, using a little pressure, push the horse back, asking her to do it with her voice. Use the same voice command in each lesson (I use “back”). Later, starting work under the saddle, you can use it from above.
To get started, ask for one or two steps. Do not worry if they are indecisive or uneven. It is important to reward any step in the “right” direction, and then ask the horse to move forward immediately after upsetting.
Moving forward after completing the upsetting is vital. By letting the horse stop and wait for it to take a few steps back, you can instill in it bad habits. A horse should always think about moving forward!
When asking a horse to besiege it, do not pull it with a halter or an aisle. Use your voice prompts and pressure on your chest. This is really important: an occasion should never be used to “pull” a horse back. The horse must first understand the concept of backward movement, and then when you find yourself in the saddle, the excuse will simply say to the horse: “Now with your raised leg, not forward, but backward.”
When a rider uses a pretext to actually move the horse backward, usually the consequence is that the horse lifts its head and neck, causing it to strain and enslave. This, in turn, leads to the fact that the steps of upsetting become intermittent and shortened, and their sequence is also violated. Instead of moving the legs in diagonal pairs, the horse moves each leg individually. Such a movement cannot be called upsetting.
Take the time to really make sure your horse understands what they are asking for on the ground when it’s not burdened by the extra weight of the rider before you sit in the saddle.