From this morning's entry:
This morning I went out and did the T-Bone from the ground. Leah was awful. She can't stand looking at the fence. It makes her feel trapped. She ran into it, reared, backed up--pretty much anything to avoid standing looking at it. But eventually she stood, and then stood again, and again. We were able to end on a good note. But WOW! What is it about looking at the fence head on? And man, am I happy she did all that Sh#@ from the ground, rather than when I was in the saddle.
I was supposed to have a lesson with Leah after work, but my trainer, one of the three R's--Rebecca--canceled due to the poor air quality. (There are fires burning all around Spokane).
I groomed and massaged Leah, and then I took her out to see how she did at the T-Bone exercise from the ground.
Now, remember, this morning she was rearing up, backing, running/bolting to the side and just plain trying to run through the panels. It was NUTS.
But tonight....this video is what I got, and that's her BAD side. I didn't tape her good side.
A little about what's going on:
I'm gently pulling the lead rope to ask her to move in a circle, BUT as she rounds toward the fence, I give her NO input. No input SHOULD mean STOP and wait for input. Usually, for Leah, it means run faster forward, no one's at the wheel, DANGER.
This is not a perfect example of what she should have done. Once she stopped getting the input, she should have stopped about a horse length's away from the fence. She did do that the other way, but not on this side. Still, I was THRILLED with this compared to what happened this morning. THRILLED.
It looks so simple, doesn't it? >>Sigh<< I hope this means we can get past the left side BOLT/SCOOT issue. I have a call into a chiropractor, and I'm also going to call my vet about getting her teeth done.