The Following Technique teaches your horse to look at you, to stop when you stop, and to walk in your footsteps at the desired distance. You walk first and the horse follows, concentrating on you. Over your shoulder you keep a gentle eye on him. He will gain confidence in you and in the path he is to follow. You show him that it is safe by going ahead and walking the path first. (for young and insecure horses)
In the Focus Technique you always walk in front of your horse (face to face). So you walk backwards, looking at your horse, while your horse walks forward behind you. You make sure that you keep the distance between you and your horse. In this position you have more control over your horse if he wants to rush forward. For example, through a narrow passage, or if something approaches from behind that makes him want to run ahead. You can also start to explore places or things that are not obvious to your horse, such as a trailer, the corners of an arena and later strange objects. This position will also be used later when learning the diagonal aids. (travers, shoulder in and renvers).
Once you have mastered these two techniques, you can gradually go out with your horse. Going into the woods and gradually exploring traffic will be part of your training programme.
In our BAR structure, you find yourself in the ELEMENTARY class with Follow and Focus.
You can find more information about our BAR structure here.
This purchase consists of 3 videos:
- Follow technique with Dabashan [34:02]
- Focus technique face to face [15:10]
- Follow technique in the traffic [19:12]