Outside the round pen with the Lunge line, Speed control at the walk, Three snake trail, Circle work with push off, Jog, Two-track

Lunge line

In Bob Mayhew's eductional western DVD he show you some of the
work Bob do with the horses in the round pen. But what about those
people who does not have a round pen? What will they do and how can...

Speed control at the walk

In a speed control programme the focus is on the riders position
in the saddle. It is how the rider put his or hers weight in the saddle
that tells the horse to speed up or slow down.

Three snake trail

In Bob Mayhew's educational western dvd The Basic Principles of
Western Riding Why and How he practise a zig-zag pattern that he
call three snake trail. The first is called direct bend snake trail where
he teach the horse to step out with the front leg, the second is called
indirect or reverse bend snake trail where the horse step across with
his fontleg and the third snake trail is hip displacing snake trail where
the horse learn to move the hip around. All three practises are very
important in the basic programme. Without them there is no
foundation to build on get the horse ready for the more advance

Circle work with push off

Bob Mayhew start in this part with a direct bend circle by feeling for
the horse's face with the rein and adding his inside leg. When the
horse gives Bob turn him loose. Bob continue to work the horse like
this and the young horse is getting really soft. The push off is when
Bob moves the horse's shoulder out. It is an exercise to put the
horse's ribcage over and stop his shoulders from dropping in. In this
part Bob Mayhew teach all riders how to see the circle line with a
simple solution.


In teaching the jog Bob Mayhew pick up on the reins to soften the
horse's face and he squeeze with his legs to help the horse to lift the
back and step further underneith him. Then Bob turn the horse
loose. This will help the horse to slow his feet down and come to a jog.


Two-track is a basic suppling exercise where the horse is giving his
hip wihout dropping the shoulder. Two-tracking makes the horse
more predisposed to taking the correct lead. In the two-track the
horse is basicly straight through his head, neck, shoulder, ribcage
and hip and his face is soft.