Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Update On Cia

I got my first week progress report on Cia yesterday.  Unfortunately, she was pretty hyper and herd-bound to start off with.  I imagine that comes from never having been taken away from her home here.  Apparently, she also tried to go sideways when she was tired of going forward, something I've never had her do, but may have become an issue with harder work.  The good news is she's doing better this week.

None of this is very surprising.  The first two weeks of training where they're getting used to a new place and a new person often makes them nervous.  And with this being her first time ever away from home, it's probably just magnified.

I wanted to go down and see her Monday, but opted not to because the price of gas ($70 round trip), but I'm definitely going to go down next week.  Hopefully she'll be more settled and have a good, solid work week under her belt.

She still has a long way to go.

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  1. It just takes time, as you know. Everything's still new, but she'll get into the swing of things.

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    1. So true--hopefully she'll get into the swing of things this week so she can have a few real solid weeks of training. Otherwise, she might need to stay a bit longer.

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  2. Poor girl, must be scary to be away from home and your friends. Fortunately she's only there temporarily and she'll be home before she knows it- all ready to ride :)

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    1. Yes, and they always come back more confident and independent. I'm really good at making them herd-bound. ;)

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  3. One hoof at a time ...

    Slow and steady usually works the best in reaching a goal, don't you think?

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    1. Yes, one hoof at a time! Funny. I do think slow and steady is a good rule of thumb--and one I live by. My trainer takes things a little faster because she knows her customers are paying her. I did tell her to take her time though...she can stay longer if need be.

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  4. They do try every evasion in the book before they settle down- and usually I don't mind that, because it means they get it. Once they realize that the evasions only mean harder work, that is.

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    1. That is a good point, Shirley! I guess it's the "evasions" that I'm scared of and why I send them to trainers at a certain point. I'd rather they do that stuff with someone who knows how to handle it because if I did the wrong thing, or let them get away with it, it would reinforce it.

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  5. It's always tough when they leave home for the first time. I remember when I sent Brandy to my trainer for full time training. She had never been in a big barn before and wouldn't even enter the barn!
    It will take a little time but I am sure Cia will settle in just fine! Can't wait to hear another update!

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    1. Paint Girl, thanks for the shot of encouragement. It helps to know others have had issues adjusting, too. I will give more updates...hopefully, better ones...soon!

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  6. I've always found that horses are very adaptable to their present situations and learn how to cope in a short amount of time. I'm sure Cia will be fine once she realizes what she needs to do to fit in with her new surroundings. We always worry about them but they adjust better than we do.

    When we had a boarding/training facility we had many clients that wanted their horses trained ASAP. My daughter didn't work that way. She took every horse's particular personality and needs into account and slowly worked them into a doable training routine. She got flack from a lot of people but she wouldn't rush things regardless. So I understand why your trainer may think she needs to work Cia more quickly. An understanding owner like you is a dream come true for trainers.

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    1. Your daughter was strong to stand up to her customers like that. Most people want to put "30 days" on them and no more...because of money, I'm sure. That puts a lot of pressure on a trainer.

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  7. I'll never forget how disappointed I was when I heard Tonka's trainer say "he's no rocket scientist" or Scout's say that he was coming along slowly. I thought they'd be so perfect and easy! It's frustrating to get a less than glowing update, but they just get better and better. That's good that you can afford to leave her there longer if she needs it.

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    1. Gees, that's a horrible thing to say about Tonka!!! As for staying longer, I don't want to spend a bunch of money either...and so much of it I can and want to do myself when she comes home, but I want her to stay long enough to get a good foundation and not have any of that rushed. I have that Charlie Hansen clinic coming up in May and the first day is Horsemanship...second day cow work...and I'll be looking for more clinics like that all summer. :)

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  8. Just caught up on some of your previous posts about Cia and your trainer. Sounds like you have a good trainer that you trust. And Cia is making progress as she settles in. Cia is a beauty. Sounds like she'll get a great education while in training. My mare is away for training now. It's hard to send them away, but so good for our big kids to go off to school sometimes.

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