Monday, July 11, 2011
Tying Issues & An Old Video
This was Beautiful eating from my hand on the first day after adoption--2008. Since I don't have video of our training, I thought this would be a sweet reminder about where we came from.
This has been an interesting week. We did work on the long-line--25'--walk, trot, lope and whoa. We also did more work on disengaging. I'm trying to imitate the pressure point, where my inside leg will be, with my hand so that she gets the idea to move away from pressure. I'm thinking--what do I do when I ride?--what signals do I give?--leg cues, etc--then trying to recreate it from the ground so she understands it when I'm in the saddle. All of this is going well.
I also have continued saddling and unsaddling, but have added cinching and flapping of the fenders. She doesn't seem bothered at all by the cinching, but I'm curious how she'll react when she starts to move out and feels the pressure there--the squeaking of the saddle--the flopping of the fenders--it can be scary--so I want her her used to it before I let her walk out.
My interesting issue, for lack of a better word, is tying, maybe the most important training of week #2.
My thinking is that I want her to be able to stand tied to a solid object. I chose screw-in tie-rings for her training because they are strong and hold pretty tight, but if enough pressure is exerted, they will break off.
Beautiful put them to the test by pulling back hard three times. I actually heard the post creaking. And, as you can see, the rings were bent, but held. She gave to the pressure each of the three times, but I was surprised that she thought she could pull free. And I was surprised she did it three times. I was sitting right in front of the tie-post, out of harm's way, but pretty much right next to her.
Her tying issue has got me wondering if I should separate her from the herd. Maybe that need to be with them is just too much for me to overcome in order to reach my training goals.