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The Waltz

The waltz is a powerful exercise to establish leadership. The horse’s feet are moved in all directions, and as we take control of the direction, speed and attitude of the feet, we also win the horse’s confidence.

The first step is the forehand yield – the “back and away” step. Move your hands rhythmically in the space above the horse's eye until it steps diagonally back and away from you with both front feet.

The second element is to move off forwards. First, bring up your own energy, look in the direction you want to go and start moving your feet. If the horse doesn't pick up on the energy, swing the rope overhand towards the hindquarters. As soon as the horse moves off - STOP SWINGING THE ROPE.


The third step is yielding, or "disengaging"the hindquarters. It is important that the hindquarters step away without the forehand moving towards you. It's a 'push' on the hindquarters, NOT a 'pull' on the forehand.

The horse should stop, facing you with its weight balanced over all 4 legs. Stroke the horse to reward it, and repeat the exercise in the other direction.

When this works well in walk, take it up to trot and then canter. Each time use your own feet as the first cue – so when you want trot, “trot” yourself, when you want canter, “canter” yourself. This teaches the horse to responding to your energy in the same way as it would with other horses.


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The exercises should only by practised when both rider and horse are in good physical and mental condition. Never try to practise when you are sick, emotionally unbalances, stressed or under the influence of alcohol or other intoxicating substances. Children, unskilled, and physically or mentally disabled persons need supervision and support by an experienced, responsible person or horse trainer. Correctly fitting and appropriate safety clothing and equipment should be used at all times.

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