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Working from above


Horses are large animals, and not many other creatures look down on them, so having someone above them can be unsettling and give them an uncomfortable feeling, particularly when something moves above their eye level.

 Before riding, we should desensitize this, and teach the horse to stand quietly next to us when we are at a raised level. This helps the horse to accept the idea of the rider on its back and not be alarmed by it.

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First stand on a mounting block or raised surface and just let the horse look at you for a few seconds. 

Then draw gently on the rope and ask the horse to approach and stand parallel to the fence.

Release the pressure with each step forwards until the horse is standing in front of you, parallel to the fence. Make this comfortable, stroking the horse her all over to make this a place it will want to come back to.

If the horse goes on past you, use the hindquarters yield to turn it round and the “waltz” exercise to reposition it so you can try again.

Never try to get on a young horse for the first time until it is completely happy and relaxed standing next to you with you above its eye. You should also be able to lean across it, stroke it all over and even do some of the other groundwork exercises from above, like desensitizing and switching eyes – and don’t forget to do everything from both sides.

 

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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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