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.

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  1. They’re always full of surprises! Sounds like a wonderful day except for the getting loose stuff.

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    1. Yeah, that always reminds me of that saying from my farrier, “Never hold a grudge against a horse because every day is a brand new day for them.” It is what helped me survive my early days with Cowboy when I almost threw in the towel, and now it’s helping with Leah.

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  2. I always find that after i successfullly work through something with Carmen she's quite soft and sweet and happy. I think that in a horse's mind it's all cleared up as to who decides and so it's fine.

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    1. That is an excellent way to put it, and I completely agree. You have to finish the thing, step up to the challenge, but it will usually pay off the next day. If they win in a situation like that and you don’t find a way to get them past it, that will also take hold in their mind and grow in a way we would not appreciate—like forever having only one gear. 😂

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  3. Gotta love days unexpected golden days like this! Your sensible consistent work is paying off!!

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    1. As you know, horses are day by day, so the golden days are glorious! But I fully expect many more, Hell No! days. 😂

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    1. It was a good one. Yesterday, not so great. I think it has something to do with the time of the rides. The good one was after breakfast. The two tough ones were late afternoon before their dinner.

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  5. I always have more of their attention if I let them eat some first, even if it's just a snack while I tack up. What a pretty helmet!

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    1. Thanks. I really like this helmet. It has an adjustable dial on the back band that really helps to customize the fit. You loosen it up, place the helmet on your head, then tighten it to you individual comfort level. Yes, I'm going to have to make sure she eats before we work.

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