Friday, January 20, 2012

Durango Free Lunging

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I've been working on getting Durango to just "free lunge" in the arena.  However I couldn't get him to switch directions without turning his butt/heels to me.  I can't have that, (according to CA) so I have been putting Clintons technique to use and while it took a few times of practice, now he is GETTING IT!

The technique consists of driving him with my belly button at his shoulder.  And when I want him to change direction, I must step out in front of his drive line, switch the stick to my other hand, give him a little hand signal (like come to me) and step into him.  I've been doing this pretty good, but you will see in the video, where I didn't step out soon enough and he just tried running right through it.  That's where he got all excited and bucked out.  But, in the end, he did what he was told.

When you see him changing pace, listen and see if you can hear me saying my cues:
I'm saying "Up" for slow down from that pace,  Then I say "Whoa" and he will stop and come into me.  But, he won't come all the way in because THATS my space.  So I then meet him half way for a praise and rub.

 Durango wants to know what you think of his new headstall and breast collar set?  I got them at Cowboy Christmas for him.  Aren't I just too cute?




7 comments:

  1. Wow...I am sure glad I tricked you into buying those cause they look fantastic on him! I haven't gotten Jesse's yet...hope I don't have to track them down :(((We have wind today and will for a few days so no riding for me...I HATE riding in the wind ;)))

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  2. So, I can't seem to get this video to work from my end. Were you able to watch it?

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  3. He's so handsome! His new gear is great too. The video isn't working on my end either.

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  4. I have not been able to play any of the videos you have sent me and i am bummed about it.

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  5. His new gear looks wonderful on him. I haven't been able to play any of your videos either.

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  6. It seems like just yesterday Okie, Skyler and I were trying to teach you about the "drive line" in a freezing cold barn in Selah! Haha! Clinton does a much better job explaining it all than my boys and I do...especially when my boys are being naughty and unresponsive!

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  7. HAY!!!just re read your post by accident :)))and have a new comment! Remember when you would go to Jesse's stall to "catch him" and he would turn his butt to you??? it really hurt your feelings until we figureed out you were a bit strong on his mouth? just mentioning this....can there be anything to learn from that with Durango?

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