Legs and feet

At the clinic the DOR attended on Saturday the clinician said a lot of things that made the DOR think. One of those things was not to kick your horse, but just squeeze with your legs, kicking just makes your horse irritated. I can tell you that kicking me makes me behave badly. I am light and sensitive. A squeeze and clear directions with the DOR's seat and hands is all it takes. Kicking me is likely to cause a werehorse incident.
The DOR took this photo at the clinic, there is something about it that she really likes.
Enjoy your day and don't forget to hug your DOR!


Breathe said...

I'm all for squeezing.

Yeah. And then there's all the mixed signals. Like, go! Then Whoa! Then Go! Yesh.

Powell River Books said...

My horse came from a rent string. She must have had some formal training way back, but everything got all confused after so many inexperienced and crazy riders. Getting her back in shape was quite an experience. = Margy

Jocelyn said...

yeah, squeezing is much better, much more polite.
Don't ask us about spurs, talk about werehorse ! WOW, that was not fun.

Leah Fry said...

As an inexperienced and crazy rider myself, I try really hard to keep my body as quiet as possible. Jaz totally gets it that I'm a putz. Poco doesn't. I don't know if he just doesn't get it or he doesn't tolerate it. Either way, it can be a circus.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

That's a cool pic, especially in black and white.

I agree about the squeezing. Baby Doll would have bucked me to the moon had I ever tried to kick her.

But Apache refused to move with just a squeeze when we first started riding her. But interestingly, with a few more rides, a change of bit and tack, and more softness from me, she will now move forward without kicking. Now just a squeeze or the words, 'walk on' will work.

The only thing we haven't figured out is how to make her move up into a canter. Squeezing, kicking, kissing, more energy....nothing works.
Maybe she thinks I'm not ready?

Horses are good teachers.

Great post.


Desert Rose said...

Ya...squeezing is always the best way!


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