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    03-21-2008, 09:04 PM
I worked with Vega for a bit today. I used my parelli halter and lead and there was such an improvement! Whenever she'd prance, I would do a quick jerk on the lead and send her backwards. I did this everytime she acted out and after a few times, I only had to lightly pull on the lead and she'd walk back. I let her think and digest what happened, she'd lick her lips and we'd continue. She even stopped herself from prancing a few times. And she only bucked once and I did the same thing!

Next I decided to lunge her (because she's ignore my voice and just canter off). Anytime I asked her to trot and she broke into a canter, I did the same thing as I did when she was prancing. After a while, she would just trot around. She did speed up her trot, but with the slightest pressure on the lead, she'd do a more collected trot. I did it in both directions and she did great! I'm so proud of her!

I'll definitely be going up there everyday and working with her until she'll just walk calmly next to me.

Thank you so much for everyone's input! It's really helped me out a lot!
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    03-22-2008, 12:09 AM
Glad to hear the parelli halter worked. It does wonders with Sonny when he's misbehaving.
    03-22-2008, 05:28 AM
Horse are just like people. They have moods as well. Nice weather settling in and the grass coming out changes the mood of a lot of horses.
If the feed is unchanged have you thought of increasing her work schedule? If she has the energy to be a monkey, my rule of thumb is she has the energy to actually do work on the lunge line. If I find my baby being goofy or just playing around I'll make him work until he starts having some second thoughts about his behavior.
    03-22-2008, 12:40 PM
Well since I started working, I haven't been able to get up there as much as I want, but my fiance (who's my boss) is letting me go up there whenever I want, so I'll be able to work with her on a constant schedule.
    03-23-2008, 01:59 AM
My 3 yr old has also done some goofy things since the nicer weather has been showing its face.

I think all it should take is for you to work with the horse more.

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