113 Photos - Sep 2, 2008
Photo: MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAPhoto: Prepare first with a soft rope. This is a 22 ft. yacht braid made by Nancy's Leather, available through T&T. Here I am preparing to toss the coils.Photo: Keep your coiled rope neat.Photo: No sneaky moves! Be clear with your intentions. Remeber to breathe!Photo: I am headed to allow the rope to slide over Tilly's rump, and place it around her inside hide foot.Photo: I am asking for a soft yield of the left hind foot. The rope is NOT run through the ring or hondo, so if the feeling bothers the horse, I can easily release.Photo: Put a little 'feel' or 'request' - pressure in both hands to ask the foot to yield.Photo: Here Tilly is softly giving her hind foot. I will try to immediately reward this effort, by releasing the pressure or the hold.Photo: Here's the release.Photo: Now we will try sensitizing with the rope in various positions on the leg, but WITH movement. This is so critical. Often times horse tolerate at a stand still, but get bothered with movement.Photo: Most of the time we ride with movement, so it is important to ask for acceptance with movement first, then a stand still is easy!Photo: The horse should be able to carry the ropy on any part of her body without fear or any intimidation.Photo: Next I will run the tail of the rope through the ring and create a large loop.Photo: Check out that the loop is hanging without twists.Photo: Now I will toss the loop over the rump of the horse. It will rest over the seat of the saddle.Photo: I am letting the rope rest on the lower leg, fetlock, hauch area, and eventually under the tail...with movement.Photo: Preparing to send Tilly off to achieve that forward movement with the rope on various body parts.Photo: By putting a slight pressure on the ring rope, I can move the loop longer or shorter, and under the tail. As the horse moves forward, willing and without fear, there is relaxation in the ring rope.Photo: Now, how do you get the loop around the horse's foot? Position the rope with the loop, over the rump, and create some slack to rest on the ground behind the horse.Photo: Next, back the horse up one step.Photo: Slide the far-side of the loop over the rump.Photo: Magically, the loop will end-up around the inside hind foot!Photo: Slide the ring down around the fetlock by pulling, easily on the end of the rope.Photo: Now we are set to send Tilly off, letting her wear the loop. If your horse gets bothered at this point, just go with him, and encourage the forward movement. Remember: A good facility is important! The pen should not be too big!Photo: Here I have put a little 'ask' or pressure on the ring rope, with a clear picture in my mind for the horse to stop and yield her foot. Again, if the horse becomes bothered, ask them forward again, and try again. You need to reward the slightest 'try' or effort in the horse to yield.Photo: As always, REWARD the effort by releasing the pressure. If you are having difficulty, try working with another understanding human on the lead rope. Work as a team, with lots of communication.Photo: If you are working as a human-team, try to have the person on the ring rope start the request to yield, and then have the fella on the lead rope reinforce the request.Photo: Just perfect! Relaxed and resting on the toe.Photo: Your farrier will really thank you for this mindful work! Tilly's left-hind foot weighs nothing.Photo: Now...how to get this ring-loop off her hind foot? Take your time. Pet down the leg. Keep the rope between you and the horse.Photo: Politely lossen the ring, and create a small loop to rest on the ground.Photo: Back the horse out of the loop.Photo: Building a loop with your lariat is an important skill. I use a 45ft or 60ft. xxx soft nylon or poly rope, with a metal hondo. You can order these thru T&T Horsemanship. Begin by sliding the metal hondo up the lariat towards your coils.Photo: With your right hand (if you are right-handed) near the hondo, you will flip this little loop up & back, over your fore arm/wrist.Photo: Let the loop rest for a moment on your fore arm.Photo: Now start the whole process over, by following the hondo back up the lariat towards the coils. You may do this several times, depending on how big you want or need your loop.Photo: Keep going!Photo: One more time...Photo: Here's the last flip!Photo: Follow the lariat back up.Photo: Photo: Photo: Now I have a pretty good size loop, and I am ready to build the 'spoke'.Photo: I want to take a little time here to lay the loop out on the ground.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: I hold the hondo, and run it up the top side of the loop.Photo: Next, put the hondo in your left-hand, with the coils, and take the right-hand with two-pieces of lariat, down to your right. Your have just created the 'spoke'. It should be about 1/3rd of the entire loop. Although that can vary.Photo: One last flip to make sure the loop has no twists!Photo: Ready to go!Photo: I will try the same series of exercises that we did with the ring rope, but now with the lariat. CAUTION: Make sure you have practiced coiling and allowing the coils to flow off your hand, prior to hooking on to a horse! A human helper works well for this.Photo: I have tossed the loop of the lariat over Tilly's rump, and I am ready to send her off to my right.Photo: The loop rests over the seat of the saddle.Photo: Note that my coils are in the right-hand - so they can easily flow off my hand. The left-hand holds the lariat, with the thumb up.Photo: Driving forward with no bother or fear.Photo: Photo: Photo: Here's a trick that helps keep the kinks out of your lariat as you coil-up, while the end is affixed to your horse...You will turn the entire set of coils over.Photo: Here I am continuing to turn the coils over to prevent kinks in the rope.Photo: Be mindful as you coil-up to watch the horse, and keep the lariat between you and the horse.Photo: Photo: I am preparing to toss the lariat loop, to ultimately place the loop around Tilly's left-hind foot.Photo: Take your time to straighten the loop.Photo: Give yourself a pretty big loop, resting on the ground behind the horse.Photo: Here I have backed her up one step, and the loop is between the hind feet.Photo: I am preparing the drop the loop off Tilly's rump.Photo: Now taking the slack out of the loop to come down around Tilly's fetlock.Photo: Taking the slack.Photo: Almost ready to send off to the left, but I will need to change the coils into my right hand. The lariat should be attached to the inside, hind foot.Photo: Here's the prepartion for turning the coils over from left to right hand.Photo: Reach across with the right-hand.Photo: Check to make sure the coils are stacked to flow off the right-hand fingers.Photo: Lariat lightly held in the left-hand, with thumb up, ready to go to the dally if we were riding!Photo: Here I am sending Tilly off to the left.Photo: Putting a 'feel' on the lariat, which is attached to Tilly's left-hind foot.Photo: Hold until the horse releases / yields to the suggestion in the lariat.Photo: Try to give or relase just before the horse prepares to yield.Photo: Photo: Remeber, the horse looks for the release as her reward!Photo: This is a series of photos that helps your horse change direction through the middle of the pen.Photo: The lariat is placed on the left hip, and I am asking the left hind leg to step under and forward, as Tilly changes her flow to the left. Note my body positioning, and use of the coils to direct the outside of the bend.Photo: As Tilly's rump comes in front of me, I will toss the slack in the lariat to the right side, and prepare to drive her up and into the middle of the pen to her left.Photo: Here we are in the center of the pen.Photo: The lariat in on her right hip.Photo: I am directing the right hind leg under and forward, and moving my body to push the coils at Tilly's left eye, seeking a change of bend.Photo: Got it! Now we are starting over again, to head for the middle of school.Photo: Lariat is on the left hip, and I am seeking a change of direction to the left.Photo: Put a feel on the lariat to influence the left hip, and move my body forward and to the right, pushing the coils towards her right eye.Photo: Note how Tilly has changed her bend now to the left. As her rump passes in front of me, I throw the slack from left to right.Photo: Coils are already in the correct hand (the right hand in this case) to drive her off to the left.Photo: Other great lariat exercises include haunches-in.Photo: Here I am asking that left hind foot to step forward the towards me and the right hind to step off the track to the inside.Photo: In this photo I have the hind quarters well positioned to go ahead and ask for a 'roll-back' to the right. Note how my coils are helping to push the eye through to the right.Photo: Nice 'roll-back', and as the rump comes past, I throw the slack.Photo: Your horse needs be able to read your intentions. Here I am asking Tilly to hold the lariat tight. In a momement, I might change my picture to ask her to release to that pressure and come towards me.Photo: Making a 'Horseman's Halter' with your lariat: Start with a good size loop.Photo: You will place the loop over your horse's head...politely!Photo: It should be like a big picture window, go on and coming off the horse.Photo: Take the slack out of the loop...No hurry!Photo: You don't ever want to put your arm through the coils. So here I am preparing to take the slack out, and then toss my coils to the ground, out of harms way.Photo: I will want the coils ahead of me, and between my body and the horse. I will always have an exit strategy! Here, it is out to my right.Photo: Photo: Find the lariat just below the hondo.Photo: Make a little kink or loop in this portion of the lariat.Photo: Run the loop between the hondo portion of the lariat, and the jowels of the horse.Photo: Feed the loop you have created out a bit, and prepare to place over the nose.Photo: Politely bring the loop over the nose.Photo: Adjust so that the hondo is behind the jowels, and the loop is not too high on the nose, and not close to the eyes.Photo: CAUTION: This is NOT a halter you will use to tie a horse, or use if much of any resistance is anticipated. This is NOT a "war bridle", and only a VERY skilled horseman should ever use a "war bridle". I don't recommend it at ALL. Use this only if your horse gives well to the pressure of a horseman's halter.Photo: Taking the lariat loop off is equally important to be mindful. Feed out a medium size loop.Photo: Politely, take the loop off. As if it were a picture window or mirror you were tipping away from the horse.Photo: