Training Exercises: Changing Sides

Changing Sides

The Goal: The horse moves his body so that you can reach one side of him and then adjusts so that you can reach the other side while you stand in one position.

A great exercise to soften your horse to moving away from a muzzle pressure. It makes grooming a breeze. It is great in tight quarters such as a stall. Tacking takes less effort.

While it is convenient to have him adjust to your position instead of you adjusting to his, this is also a good exercise to build on his forequarters disengage as well as get him ready for the bit. The bit will pressure the side of his mouth opposite the direction you want him to move. If he yields to the pressure, he will move into the turn.

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