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We train a horse through narrow spaces

We train a horse through narrow spaces
The exercise I want to talk about will help you steer your horse through narrow spaces without moving. Horses are claustrophobic in nature and, when brought in or guided into a narrow space, they can start to panic. The “sending” exercise will become a convenient tool that will help your horse overcome the fear of narrow spaces, as well as other “creepy” objects. With this exercise, I teach horses to enter a horse carrier. This exercise will come in handy if your horse resists and struggles with a halter that puts pressure on the area behind the ears, causing it to lower its head down.

Clinton Anderson Sending Exercise

You can start training using a fence or fence. Give your horse confidence starting at a distance of about 4.5-6 meters from the fence. Stand facing him. The horse should be facing your shoulder.

Clinton Anderson Sending Exercise

Keep the bonnet at a distance of 12 meters from the carbine so that your knuckles are on top. Hold the whip in your other hand as if you were shaking someone’s hand. If you send a horse from right to left, you need to hold the champ in your left hand, and the whip in your right.

Clinton Anderson Sending Exercise

Ask the horse to walk between you and the fence, pointing with the hand in which the sidewalk is located, high up in the direction in which you want the horse to enter your makeshift corridor. You must work through the halter. Ideally, the horse should succumb to the pressure of the halter and immediately go forward. If she doesn’t do this, use a whip — lift him up and tap rhythmically through the air opposite the horse’s neck to create pressure and encourage her to go forward. One two three four. If the horse did not go forward, start to touch it with a whip. One two three four. If the horse is still standing in front of you, touch its head and neck to make it move in front of the fence. Once she faces the fence, touch the girth area to create a forward motion. Keep pressing rhythmically, increasing pressure on every fourth count until the horse goes forward.

Clinton Anderson Sending Exercise

As soon as the horse goes forward, immediately remove the pressure by lowering the whip to a neutral position along its body. Continue pointing with a chombre to steer the horse forward.

Clinton Anderson Sending Exercise

As soon as the horse’s tail passes in front of you, lower your hand with the rope to the navel. Then go to the tail of the horse and swing the whip so that the horse moves the hind limbs to the side. Always step with your foot on the same side of the body as the whip. This will encourage the horse to move its hind limbs away from you, so it will turn and look at you with two eyes. If the horse doesn’t tidy up the ass when you swing the whip, you can touch it with it.

When the horse understands this exercise, you will no longer have to use the whip, because as soon as you look at its bottom, it will remove it and become facing you. But first, if you step toward the horse’s thigh, creating more pressure energy with a whip, it will be easier for the horse to understand what you are asking for.

Clinton Anderson Sending Exercise

Change the roles of your hands by shifting the whip and chombur into the opposite hands (the whip must be held under the chombur). Then point up with the hand holding the chombur to ask the horse to return to the fence. If she does not move, touch her with a whip. First, touch the air – one, two, three, four – rhythmically. If the horse does not move, touch it – one, two, three, four. Increase pressure rhythmically until the horse moves his legs forward. As soon as she does this, immediately remove the pressure of the whip and lower it down to the ground. The only case when you do not increase the pressure is when the horse already feels uncomfortable. Just keep applying the same pressure until it gives the correct answer.

Clinton Anderson Sending Exercise

When the horse’s tail passes you, move the arm holding the chombar to the navel, and then take a step towards the tail. Shake the whip at the same time to ask the horse to remove the backside.

Clinton Anderson Sending Exercise

Gradually reduce the distance between yourself and the fence until you are only 1.2 m from it. Try not to make a long pause between each approach when you send your horse through the “corridor”. You need her to go between the fence and you, remove the ass and immediately go back to the other side.

Clinton Anderson (source); translation by Valeria Smirnova.

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