Sattaking is a technique that some people are using to train their horses to perform with them and not against them. The basic idea is that the horse needs to learn to follow your lead in order to be successful, if you force the horse to go where you want it to go and it is not trained then the horse will simply back off and not follow you. This means that you must have the horses desire to follow you and be willing to let them follow.
The sattaking techniques include: sipping. The sipping method is when one person leads the horse through an exercise whilst sipping at a water supply. This is generally used for training purposes and to give the horse a head start. The sipping method of training can also be used to teach a young horse to follow close by without going too far. Both sipping can be used as stand alone methods or combined.
Another sattaking technique is used as a lead sipping method where the lead sips at the water and leads the horse with it. I do not recommend this as a means of training a horse to follow because there is much more finesse involved. Lead sipping can sometimes be hard to do and could take much longer for the horse to understand than lead sipping. Combined sipping and leading can often be the best option for training your horse.
When sattaching, you should consider where you will sire the horse. If you intend to sire the horse in competitions then attaching on the lead can be used. The main benefit to attaching in this position is that you can lead through the entire race without taking the horse’s lead away. If you do not intend to sire the horse in competitions, it can still be used as a means of improving the horse’s performance by allowing it to take the lead without your interference.
One aspect that I would like to mention about sattaching is that it is important that you keep your horses under control through the entire process. Do not allow your horses to run free during the process of attaching. This can lead to them losing control of the horse and can even lead to them being injured. If the lead sashes are tight, make sure you tighten them up before sattaching so that they are not loose and that nothing comes loose.
I hope that I have provided you with some insight into sattaching a horse. It can be an extremely difficult task when it is first learned. Lead sipping is an important part of horsemanship and should not be ignored during your lessons.