Saturday, March 29, 2014
Quick Tip #91 Lightness Is Taught With Quickness
Even today most horse people respond to a horse that is hard to handle by using a more severe bit. This is a tremendous mistake. If a horse is hard to stop one needs to go lighter instead of heavier.
Get back in the round pen with a rope halter on the horse. Work him from the ground and teach him that if he responds to the slightest degree of pressure you will remove that pressure instantly. And if he does not respond you will escalate the pressure.
What matters is not the amount of pressure used but how quickly the pressure is released when the horse responds. Don't wait until the horse has completed the action to release. When the horse begins to think about considering the possibility of yielding to the pressure, that is the time to release. If the horse fails to follow through immediately resume the pressure. When one is consistent with this 100% of the time one will eventually get a very responsive, light horse.
That is why little children who are not strong enough to man handle a horse can control the horse. The key is not how much pressure is applied. It is how quickly that pressure is released.
Posted by Steve Edwards