PART 4: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015

By , June 24, 2015 10:14 am

BUCK DAY 2 UK – Day 2 AM Buck – H1 GROUP

– Soft feel in walk. Both directions.
– Soft feel in trot. Change of direction with soft feel.
– Back up in circles, front leg goes behind.
– Forequarter yield, front leg goes in front.

How To Help Herd Bound Horses

– In a safe enclosed area with high fence, don’t use your reins at all.
– Have the other horse down at one end of the arena.
– When your horse decides they want to be near the other horse, let them go over but trot and lope near the other horse.
– Your horse dictates the direction. You dictate the speed.
– If you horse offers to step away / move away from the horse a little, slow down and relax as a reward. Pet him.
– Do it with every horse you own.

LEANING OR DRIFTING

– If horse is leaning/drifting in one direction, then overcompensate – leg yield in circle the way he doesn’t want to go.
– So for example you’re on the right rein and you’re approaching a corner.
– Horse starts to lean in to the right and cut the corner.
– Make a small LEFT circle back into that corner, then ride out the the corner and back on the right rein.

– Walk – soft feel – slow your body and slow the walk – the walk on.

Riding

Short Serpentines

– Walk on
– Legs to be on a circle shape – outside leg forwards, inside leg back
– Reins are short and arms are wide out
– Look where you’re going and turn your whole body (remember its a small circle!)
– Ask horse in time with the inside fore foot
– Use inside rein out wide to guide horses inside fore to take a sideways step and make a small circle
– Other rein is not pulling on horse or blocking the turn
– Do about 3 or 4 steps in a small circle with the inside fore
– Then do one straight step with the OTHER fore and while this is happening change over your legs (one back, one forward) and change over your hands so now other hand is wide
– Look the new direction, legs the new direction, hands the new direction
– Reins are short and arms are wide out – keep reins short and don’t re-gather reins when you switch direction
– Look where you’re going and turn whole body (remember its a small circle!)
– Ask horse in time with the inside fore foot
– Use inside rein out wide to guide horses inside fore to take a sideways step and make a small circle
– Other rein is not pulling on horse or blocking the turn
– Do about 3 or 4 steps in a small circle with the inside fore
– Then do one straight step with the OTHER fore and while this is happening change over your legs (one back, one forward) and change over your hands so now other hand is wide

REPEAT – a lot.

You’re looking to feel no pause or brace when the head/neck moves from one circle direction to the next
You’re looking for the horse to start to respond to your legs forward & back, rather than just your reins
Get to where you can do this legs only
Goal is for turns to feel like a its your horse turning for home, real smooth and effortless!!


“All you have to do in the horse business is surround yourself with people that know less than you then you’re an authority.”

Large Serpentine

– With your inside Head – lift it, swing it out and then drop that hand – like a puppeteer controlling the outside front leg, then your hand goes back to the mane and resets for the next foot.
– Legs in circle position.
– To be emotionally stable, the horse needs to be even on both sides.

EXERCISE

Ride around and call out when X foot is about to leave the ground.

HEAD ROOTING

If your horse roots use good timing & bump it as horse starts to put head down and push.

– Good serpentine should feel like it’s the horse’s idea, especially on the left side.
– Use your right hand to help shorten left rein.

Soft feel is first done on a straight line

Soft feel

– Walk
– Ask for soft feel on straight line
– Release
– Do same with fast walk (soft feel)
– Then transition to slow walk (try soft feel)

– Step with hindquarter right under.
– Step with hindquarter left under.
– Step with right fore last.
– Step with left fore last.

Buck Avo Day 2 – H2 GROUP

– Hindquarter yield on ground – with loose lead rope.

Small serpentine:

– 3 steps with right fore in small circle
– 1 step straight with left fore
– 3 steps with left fore in small circle
– 1 step straight with right fore
– Keep good posture while you ride

Walk – soft feel – seat position 3 – stop – back up – rest = all one movement.

– Lateral flexion with no feet moving at halt – then move 1 fore foot 1 step sideways

If horse is taking over:

– Trot on loose rein
– Bend to a halt (when horse is going too fast)
– Hold until feet are still
– Release

– Walk – soft feel – smooth transition into trot – soft feel – walk – soft feel
– Walk on loose rein – walk slowly – normal walk

FOOTFALL TIMING

– Leg yield right when left hind leaves ground
– Forequarter turn to back up – without brace in middle between both movements
– Don’t ask where horse’s front feet are! Look down and check if you need to. Its fine 🙂
– Halt to walk transition with a hind foot moving first.

4 WAYS TO ASK FOR A HINDQUARTER YIELD (as light as possible)

– Hq yield as light as possible with reins and leg
– At halt get a soft feel and move HQ over with your leg
– Move HQ over with legs and no reins
– Move HQ over with hands but without your legs (turn horse’s head 90 degrees and wait). Let horse think and figure it out

Homework

– Do 40 or 50 turns – 1 flexion, 1 step forequarter yield
– When the withers rise, the hindquarters have somewhere to move under.

PART 5 COMING SOON!

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One Response to “PART 4: 3 Day UK Buck clinic report 2015”

  1. susan beavis says:

    eXCELLENT. THANKYOU SO MUCH.

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