Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
Just as an update, I tried the "drop" method and it seems to be working! Thanks you guys for the suggestion. I, of course, also give her lots of praise when she "tries" to stand nicely. She will only willingly let me hold her foot for a short time, so, that will have to be worked out, too. But, I have never had a youngster start out any different on that score. While she isn't a "baby, baby", she might as well be when it comes to training.
I am sure it isn't physical pain as I have observed her freely and willingly stand on her hinds w fronts on "upper rails". I figure, if she can do that w ease...she isn't in any pain on three at ground level.
I have to say, I felt/feel a bit guilty about dropping her when necessary, she really almost falls over. I have to ask myself if she thinks that I want her to lie down ontop of me. I mean, she doesn't just lean a bit..its more like, "timber!". She is so calm for her age...so, maybe there is something to be said for those that are a bit more high strung that simply try to get away! :)
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.