Monday, January 29, 2018
Hold Onto Your Hats, We’ve Got An Attitude Change!
Not much to say today, except that Leah did a crazy attitude turnaround! Simply C-R-A-Z-Y!
I loaded up the trailer and took her, and Cowboy, to the barn next door, fully expecting a long, hard riding session.
But I got softness from the beginning to the end.
We worked on neck reining--
and sit-back-in-the-saddle whoa. (Turns out, she does better with the word "whoa." If she hears "whoa," she stops yesterday and fifty feet back. The problem is, she thinks lots of words sound like "whoa," and that has created a little problem.) Today we worked on the sit back first, then apply pressure, then apply more pressure.
Of course, Cowboy was perfect. We rode bareback. For him, it's all about, "If you don't use it, you lose it!" We use it!
When I went out to feed them this morning, Beautiful Girl left her food and came to me. She wouldn't leave my side. I took that to mean she wanted to do something with me, so I haltered her and took her to the arena where we worked on basic groundwork. Afterward, I tied her to the trailer and groomed her, at which point, my husband yelled for me that the horses had gone through a stall and into the breezeway! I left Bee tied and ran to the barn to catch horses. When I got back, she was standing perfectly relaxed and happy.
What is happening to my horses?? Is there something in their water that's making them extra sweet today? Whatever it is, I hope it happens again.