With Rodney’s new attitude [Update] we have restarted our groundwork exercises. The most recent addition is to have him move sideways along a pole on the ground. If memory serves, western trail classes have horses sidestep around a square of poles. We are starting easy with a pole, or a times, the tip of a pole.
His first attempts were to walk forward over it. A natural move since he has always been asked to go over such things in the past. When I shut the front door & tapped on his copious belly, I got a fair amount of statue. He heard me, but had no context to interpret the data. Now, he’ll do a few cross steps or suddenly squirt sideways without truly understanding what I am asking. No biggie, it’s an unusual thing for a horse to do on his own. We are working, he’s listening, and he’s only mildly perturbed.
Oddly, he works better when I steer by nose rather than by halter.
Anyone done this on the ground, mounted, or in a show? Tips?
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(Nope, not a misquote.)