|Shaman, Rascal, Ranger and Black Elk All Mustangs from the Wild|
All horses have one direction that is easier than the other, and some days are better than others. Our job is to help them become more balanced. Stretching on the outside and contracting on the inside. Today, Black Elk was not as relaxed and when asked to canter to the left, his less favorite direction, he cantered but pulled.
|Rascal and Black Elk, the Butt Biter!|
Now, he's big- 16-3, huge bone and well developed. When he's pulling it's a lot of horse out there on the end of the line.
So, what to do?
I started with having him walk and yield his hind quarters, then trot and yield his hind quarters. It's hard work, but when he's yielding, he's NOT pulling. So, once that was established, I let out more line and asked for a canter and VOILA! A beautiful round canter! No pulling on the rope, bending nicely, slow and round.
After a few steps, yes, that little, I praised him and let him come in for a treat.
Back again to yielding at the walk, the trot and once he relaxed into the trot, I asked for the canter and once again- it was just perfect!
I'd love to hear if this works for you as well.