Had a migraine on day 3 so left them that day.. Grabbed a moment in time the next day after a client cancelled. Was a great day!
Si’Ann has now established the whoa, trot, changing direction, tho she hates it to the right, but she can suck it up princess!.. Day 4, today saw me get the walk almost spot on..
Once these are all well set in her mind, I will bring in light cantering, then start with the gear.
More to come later!!! xxoo
Well today, I decided to catch her and see how she went just by herself.. so far no aggression, just avoidance, not wanting to be caught. Bot flies are bad here at the moment all three of them are covered in them
Took her to the round pen, went in and let her go to start, she was agitated, so I was not going to get anything out of her in that state of mind, many would have just pushed her on and made her move anyway, what was the point. So I stopped and re caught her, then we both worked at getting the issue sorted the ‘BOT FLY’.. Got rid of the bot fly and started.
Small things are so important at this point, she has worked on the lead around me, she has learned what I call the dance in halter, she has never been lounged.
I started with what ever side she wished to go and just moved her feet. Once relaxed and moving forward with no balking or stopping, I changed direction, once we had this, I added the whoa!.. by the time we had been in there 10 mins she was trotting calmly, changing direction, licking her lips and listening, then the whoa and a good rub over with no issues..
I took the halter off and walked away with her hooked on, opened the gate and released her to the pasture.
Tiny steps!!!!! with a horse that can not handle a lot of pressure, like a person with a disability you have to break it down to very small steps and times. So 10 mins today was plenty! working on the moving of feet, whoa and touch was plenty!
Tomorrow will be much the same then she will have 3 days off while I work 11 hr days.. then Saturday I will continue forward and work her for 4 days straight.
LISTEN TO YOUR HORSES!
Well we all know her story by now. If not then here is the link to the start https://shaiarabians.wordpress.com/2009/05/14/first-blog/
Yesterday I put the round pen up, today is day one of work.. I wanted to make it as pleasant an experience as possible, so when she took off, I got hold of the other mare, Rose.
Rose and I got the lay of the land in the round pen, while siann sat outside doing her own thing and demanding that rose came out. It took all of about 5 minutes to get her to follow us in and then I closed the gate.
Releasing Rose, I let them have a look around, then started pressing them to move, with sianns issues, I chose to make rose the focus of the pressure so siann could just hook on and follow.
This worked brilliantly! Rose as always listened well and siann joined in fabulously. We managed to work both ways with a lot of consistency. At the end of the workout which was barely 10 minutes, I rubbed roses face, went to rub sianns and the pain in the rear said no.
Next step then was getting rose to stand which as she is a legend she did lol. Sent siann around and around, gave her choices to stop and comply which she didn’t so sent her off again. Rose hooked on when she felt sianns pressure getting too high did two laps then WHOA!.. both stopped and let me handling them both.
then released to the paddock and hay given. All good till tomorrow!
Videos and photo below.