71st in a series
After wrapping up lope departures last issue, now we’ll learn a new exercise that help us gauge if all the horse’s zones are working together.
70th in a series
Les left off last issue with your horse moving smoothly at all three gaits. Now we’ll focus on the set-up for lead changes.
Setting the horse up correctly for crisp, clean lope departures is a critical component for any reining pattern and a necessary prerequisite for lead changes. You should be able to get your horse in position, that is, be able to push his hip toward his eye like I show in the video, so that you will be able to ask him to lope off on the correct lead, although you might be getting a few trotting steps in the meantime.
69th in a series
After showing us details of circle exercises in last issue, Les moves into responsiveness.
By now your horse should be moving along smoothly at all three gaits in your training arena. So the next thing we’re going to start doing is to ask him to become more responsive and balanced as you guide him around, and to try a few different maneuvers. We’re not really concerned with speed right now, but we do want gaits to be smooth and steady. If your horse is a little “chargey” elsewhere in this manual you’ll find ways to solve that problem.
68th in a series
After teaching us the importance of alignment last issue, Les puts us to work with simple circle exercises.
67th in a series
Last issue, Les took us into circles and the importance of shoulder control. Now we’ll look at alignment.
66th in a series
After working on hip control and developing cues in the last two issues, Les moves us into circles and departures.
Some folks find the circles in a reining program to be the boring part, but you’ve got to face the fact that if you’re going to show, you’ll spend most of your time in the pattern circling, so why not make them look good? Especially when many patterns call for circles before the other maneuvers. You only get one first impression, and if the judges don’t like how your horse handles in the circles, they’re going to know right where to look for faults in the rest of your maneuvers.
64th in a series
After learning hip control details last issue, we look in detail in issues ahead on developing cues.
63rd in a series
This issue, Les guides us into the detail of controlling the horse’s hip.
Having control of the horse’s hip is critical for accurate lope departures and lead changes, in addition to helping you maintain proper alignment. If you see a horse missing leads, or dropping a lead in back (when a horse changes leads with his front legs but not his back), it’s a pretty good indication that the horse needs more work on hip control.
62nd in a series
Les introduced us last issue to exercises 3 and 4. Here are details for exercise 3.
61st in a series
Last issue, Les wrapped up collected stops. Now we’ll move into exercises Number 3 & Number 4. Here’s an overview before we move into more details in our March 6 issue.
Being able to control the horse’s whole body is critical to your training. In particular there are times when you’ll need to position or move the horse’s body without the shoulders leading the way or getting in the way. Here are a few: