Outside the round pen with the Lunge line, Speed control at the walk, Three snake trail, Circle work with push off, Jog, Two-track
In Bob Mayhew's eductional western DVD he show you some of the work Bob do with the horses in the round pen. But what about those people who does not have a round pen? What will they do and how can...
Speed control at the walk
In a speed control programme the focus is on the riders position in the saddle. It is how the rider put his or hers weight in the saddle that tells the horse to speed up or slow down.
Three snake trail
In Bob Mayhew's educational western dvd The Basic Principles of Western Riding Why and How he practise a zig-zag pattern that he call three snake trail. The first is called direct bend snake trail where he teach the horse to step out with the front leg, the second is called indirect or reverse bend snake trail where the horse step across with his fontleg and the third snake trail is hip displacing snake trail where the horse learn to move the hip around. All three practises are very important in the basic programme. Without them there is no foundation to build on get the horse ready for the more advance manouvres.
Circle work with push off
Bob Mayhew start in this part with a direct bend circle by feeling for the horse's face with the rein and adding his inside leg. When the horse gives Bob turn him loose. Bob continue to work the horse like this and the young horse is getting really soft. The push off is when Bob moves the horse's shoulder out. It is an exercise to put the horse's ribcage over and stop his shoulders from dropping in. In this part Bob Mayhew teach all riders how to see the circle line with a simple solution.
In teaching the jog Bob Mayhew pick up on the reins to soften the horse's face and he squeeze with his legs to help the horse to lift the back and step further underneith him. Then Bob turn the horse loose. This will help the horse to slow his feet down and come to a jog.
Two-track is a basic suppling exercise where the horse is giving his hip wihout dropping the shoulder. Two-tracking makes the horse more predisposed to taking the correct lead. In the two-track the horse is basicly straight through his head, neck, shoulder, ribcage and hip and his face is soft.