Friday, December 17, 2010
Training Beautiful: Distractions
What's BG looking at, and why is she way out there?
Well, I was out working with her in the enclosed riding area when the neighbor's puppy (my puppy's best friend) was let out to play. My puppy, Riagan, always runs right to me, so I had two dogs running circles around the riding area. Beautiful was frightened, but she stood her ground. I got worried they'd come into the area, so I unhaltered her from the lunge line (we weren't lunging, the ground is too slick--we were just grooming and bending, etc) and walked the dogs back to the house away from her.
This is what ensued, and this is what Beautiful was watching from her turnout.
Now I'm just waiting for the dogs to finish playing--a Dobie and an Irish Wolfhound, what a sight--so I can go back out to her. In some ways, it's a pain to have my time interrupted, but the benefits (a tired dog), far outweigh the negatives. I like the puppy playtime--planned or not.
Speaking of training, how many of you have saddled trained a horse? Any suggestions from your own experience? I've done it before, but I've always had a professional around to help me out when it comes to the first ride. They've never had a bit of trouble though, which makes me wonder why I haven't done it. Fear of what? Possibly being bucked off and dragged around with one foot in the stirrup? Has it ever happened? No. But if I can think of it, it can happen. It's important for me to do the first ride this time. If I've done the groundwork properly, it shouldn't be a big deal, right?