Preview: Hayden Upton: 2 Year Old Mouthing Method to Perform Under Pressure
Hayden shows his skill as a horseman in this four-part series training 2 year olds. Using driving reins, Hayden prepares his young horses to understand yielding to pressure, especially when the pressure is on. He uses what he calls the mouthing method to ensure his horses can handle pressure both physically and mentally. He then puts the first rides on the two horses using the same concept.
Hayden tries to understand every individual horse for who they are (fragile or laid back) and adjusts his approach accordingly. He uses a side reining method to get bend, not to be misunderstood with steering. He explains why he uses this mouthing technique and why he wants to over expose his 2 year olds to pressure so early.
Hayden uses the driving reins to teach them to back, not steer. He emphasizes that the feet are an indication of how the horse is handling pressure mentally. Hayden's approach and exercises are all directed from a mental perspective rather than from mechanics.
Hayden puts the first ride on a colt and explains the importance of being firm with the horse so he can learn to think, and find the release when put under pressure.
In part four, Hayden rides another two year old for the first time after using the driving reins and explains why he uses knee hobbles, -- a horse never does what he never learns to do.