Preview: Kathy Daughn: Breaking Down the Principles of the Flag
Kathy works a variety of horses on the flag and explains how she uses it as a training aid to help build a horse’s confidence and to learn a pattern. She talks about the importance of keeping a horse straight and makes sure the horse is comfortable and balanced with all four feet when stopped. In part 3, Kathy demonstrates how she would use the flag as a tool to fix a horse that rolls up toward the cow through the turn, or leaks up the pen.
Kathy's assistant trainer, Craig Gillham works a 5 year old to give us an example of what we are looking for when training a horse on the flag. She talks about position on the flag and makes sure the flag goes first, then the horse and then the rider.
Kathy works a green 3 year old and demonstrates how she teaches a horse to take responsibility and to think about the flag on her own. She also shows us what happens to your position on the flag, if you let a horse turn to early.
This is a 4 year old and Kathy explains how she gets the flag to work the horse, rather than the rider work the flag for a horse that rolls up in the middle of its turn toward a cow. She also discusses how she likes to sneak a horse out passed the flag without going too fast.
This is a small futurity, 3 year old that Kathy uses the flag and her feet to teach the horse to pay attention to the flag right from the get go. Again, she makes sure the horse backs straight before she lets the horse turn and demonstrates how your timing improves when you focus on the flag.