Keep it simple Adding a stride
SEAN GETS Devon to repeat the line, this time adding a stride, asking for seven strides rather than six. The first time she fails, largely because she was fighting Chez all the way to the fence, says Sean (right).
“You were holding on and pulling, so what did he want to do? Escape. He was trying to get away from you,” says Sean.
He reminds Devon to be cleverer in her approach to problem-solving, and tells her to pull up and halt in the middle of the line. He gets her to repeat this halting exercise a couple of times, until Chez starts to jump into the line and shorten his stride automatically. “You’ve actually put a bit of manners on to him,” says Sean. “If you just kept riding this line the way you were, you’d never get the seven. You have to simplify it and explain to him what you want: that he has to land, shorten and sit on his hocks.”
After halting in the middle a few times, Devon is able to canter down the line in seven strides easily (bottom right). “There you had him waiting and you could soften in the last stride. You’ve learned something and he’s learned something – you have more control without having a tug of war.”