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Unformatted text preview: you reward him and then you have not taught him anything. A young colt is still learning to move away from pressure. When pressure is applied to his mouth, he might move forward, sideways, or sling his head. If he moves around, maintain the same light pressure on his mouth until he, on purpose or accidentally, leans or takes a step backwards. If he slings his head the pressure on his mouth is probably too strong. It is important to pull just enough that is uncomfortable for him and he tries to move. The pressure should be slight, and come from the fingertips, not the entire upper body. The colt will find out through process of elimination that the fastest way to get relief from the pressure is to back up. In the beginning, backing the slightest amount should be praised. Just as all training the beginning steps are a building block. With each training session the young horse is learning new maneuvers, and consistently progressing....
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- Spring '07