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Recapping Turnarounds More with Les


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ast issue, Les wrapped up our section on turnarounds. Here are some points to recap.


Mechanics • The horse’s neck must be soſt both laterally and vertically before you start


• The horse should plant his inside hind foot - it bears the weight


• The outside hind leg pushes, providing the power


• The front legs are like a wheel and control direction


• The shoulders are like a wagon axis, they should have just enough tilt in the direction of the turn to allow the outside front leg to reach across the inside one


Beginning • Sit deep in the saddle and ride the back of the horse up to the front


• Keep your hands apart—no neck rein • Start in a small circle, using both legs actively


• Ask your horse for a step or two, then release and go back to your circle


this rein inhibits forward motion


this rein maintains proper bend


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.


• Push with your legs instead of pulling with your hands. If you feel backward motion, you know you’re pulling too hard


• Reward the thought: When you feel the slightest try, give him the benefi t of the doubt and reward him


• Be consistent • The fi rst few steps will dictate the quality of the spin, if they are bad, don’t continue. You don’t want your horse to learn to do a bad spin, hold out for a bet er one • Speed comes later


Remember • Always start from the front; get the neck right, followed by the shoulders, ribs, and hindquarters


• Make sure the horse does not twist in the poll. The spine will also twist and the horse’s weight will shiſt to the outside hind foot and throw off the balance of the spin


• Allow the horse to fi nd his own way and be comfortable


• It’s all in the neck! Neck resistance is a speed limit


–Les


leg in “C” position


brings up energy while encouraging hip to stay in the center


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