Sample Our Newsletter From "Speed Up Your Slow Horse," Issue 5, part 3 of our FREE monthly newsletter
Re: john lyons videos
The fix for the lazy horse can be done while doing any riding exercise. The first thing that makes a horse responsive or lighter is having a clear cue. A cue is something that you ask the horse and can get the horse to do. That means a cue to stop will be picking up the reins. That would be a cue to stop. A pre-cue is something you do before the cue. A pre-cue is "ho." If I go forward and I say "ho," and he doesn't stop, I'm going to say "ho" and pick up the reins to say "That meant stop." So pretty soon, when I go forward and I say "ho" the horse stops. So a pre-cue is something you do before a cue that makes a horse lighter and more responsive. It's the same thing with your legs. What do you do before you use your legs? You sit forward, pick up the reins, kiss to them. But what's the first that you do before you squeeze or kick your horse? You take your legs out. You take your legs out, then you bring them together. So practice that. Practice taking your legs off and if he doesn't move, then tell the horse "Hey, that meant move" with a kick. And when you bring them together, be prepared to kick them until something happens. So practice that and pretty soon, when you take your legs away from the horse's side (as if to kick), that'll mean "move forward." So I'm not using my legs to keep kicking my horse. Practice this and remember, when you bring them together, bring them together hard enough to get a change of leg speed. If you kick him and you just kick him to keep him going, then...
Lack of control is simply...lack of control. Total control is the single most important aspect of training. The bridge between lack of control to total control is simply teaching cues to get your horse to perform whether he wants to or not. This does not mean you are cruel or harsh, simply patient and teach step by step cues to bridge the gap. John Lyons Controlling Your Horse's Speed is designed for after the ground work is done and basic control is established horseback.
You will learn how to safely control your horse's speed whether you're at home, in the arena, on the trail, leaving or returning to the barn, alone or with other horses. Gain control of your horse at the walk, trot or canter. This training applies to any style of riding and to any level rider from novice to advanced. Control the elevation of your horse's head to help him calm down, while developing shoulder control, side passing, bridle control and a better stop.
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