Button #5

Button #5 is located at the horse’s hips.  Just like the shoulders, the hips are a lateral moving button.  If we send a push directly at the horse’s hip, he will move away laterally.  The horse’s hips will respond to both pushing and blocking signals.

The “Go” Button

Button #4 is known as the “Go” button.  This button is located in the area of the horse’s flank.  When we direct pushing energy toward the flank area of the horse, this engages the hind end forward.  When lunging a horse, a low to level flick from the whip toward the flank will send a push signal for the horse to go forward.  When riding, our leg aids send the horse forward.

The Bending Button

Button #3 is the girth button.  This is the horse’s bending button.  It is located about 4 inches behind the top of the front leg where the girth is positioned. It’s a point on the horse that we massage to encourage bend and unlock a braced, inverted spine.  It is also a point that when massaged will help a distracted horse bring his attention back to you.