Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Totally agree Spyder, and today I didn't do any. I'm trying to get my old horses' Kieffer fitted to Duffy which shouldn't be too much of an issue as it has a plastic tree so can be remolded- however the saddler believe reflcoking will help and second time STILL not fitting properly, tried it just incase she was stiff but it didn't fit..argh!
We had the same issue with the reining back, she learnt it on the floor with vocal commands, and then on the saddle, she was doing it well, again not every day but every now and again.
One day she just refused. Well and truly. So, as we had learnt on the floor, my trainer held a whip in front of her legs, nope. Tapped her legs, nope, Whacked her legs, and she just spun round. So I dismounted and went to do it as we used to do it on the floor and she went up and spun.. I didn't move fast enough and she pulled me bad shoulder and I fell over. My trainer spent ten minutes in a power struggle between hard-ashed trainer and big ponio, because she stood there with her head up, ears forward, trying to run over my trainer. Left it two weeks, and then when I asked her again, legs gently on her and she shot backwards- no more issues.
Its just a time thing, but I REALLY don't want her getting in to the head tossing thing again.
Thanks so much Spyder, will keep you updated for when we do it, and how it works out for us!!