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Riding the turnaround More with Les


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nce I’ve got en some nice crossover steps from the horse, I might ask him for two or three steps the next


time, but I would only continue with the turn as long as he’s safe and comfortable, and that means his neck is soſt and he’s not pulling on me. If you feel any stress in your hand from the inside rein, get out of there and fi x it because that means you have a limit set on you right there. Anything that I do from that point is going to be ugly, so I’d bet er stop right there and fi x it. We’re always looking for that free pass to


Foundation Training for the Performance Horse with Les Vogt


Les Vogt has won more than 15 World Championships, including two wins at the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity. Today Les focuses is giving clinics around the world and developing products for the performance horseman. To learn more about Les and to see his clinic schedule, visit www.lesvogt.com.


move up—and where is it? It’s in the neck! So repair, fi x, test, teach, test, whatever the neck needs to make sure it’s soſt . If it takes another day or two, that’s okay. You’ve got a program, and you know what you need to fi x it and get back on track again.


Riding the Turnaround Where should your weight be when you


turn? You’re going to want to stay in the mid- dle of your horse and out of his way. As you develop more speed in your turn, you’ll need to lean back a lit le to stay still.


So even though you’re not going to get to that speed anytime soon, concentrate at least on staying straight up and down…


Once the horse gets going, if you are sit ing slightly forward with your head even a lit le forward of the axis of the circle, gravity will pull you even farther out there. You have too much to think about in terms of the horse’s form to worry about having to keep your body back too. So even though you’re not going to get to that speed anytime soon, concentrate at least on staying straight up and down now so you won’t have to retrain yourself later.


–Les


this rein maintains proper bend


this rein inhibits forward motion


leg in “C” position


brings up energy while encouraging hip to stay in the center


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