Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
I've been trying to make it positive for both of us, and I know she's young, I think I'm just expecting her to be like my 4 year old was when she was 3, they're exact oppisites.
By "collection" I meant giving at the poll and bringing her nose in, instead of sticking it out. I don't know what the proper term is for that one.
I've had to deal with horses that weren't confident enough to move out, and I've had no problems with them. I'm just not a big fan of this mares attitude. You'd think when you take a 3 year old out and ride around 100 cows, she'd get a little spunk and start being interested in something. But, nope. The only thing she has been interested in was following the dog when he was on the trail in front of us. She was all over that.
Last night, I pulled a railroad tie around the yard with her. She didn't do anything. Didn't even look at it.
I turned out a few of the spunky yearling heifers and tried to play with them. It took her 15 minutes to actually pay attention and start looking at them.
I guess I just got spoiled with my 3 year old last year that had the "Oooooh. Let's go see." attitude, and I never really had to kick her, she always listened to a squeeze, or a kiss, and we were off.
I guess a calm horse is what my mom wants (her other horse is a go-go fast type...) and I just can't get along with it...
I have used the reins as an extra cue, and I think I'll have to do it more.
Thanks for the advice from those who've handled a horse like this... I hadn't encountered it before.