All good TJ!!
. Will look into that book.
Got the call, my feed was in!! Yea! Bought all FOUR bags!
should hold me a while.lol
Saw my nephew I mentioned, and asked him to clarify the hay thing. He said that he prefers the first cutting for horses bc it doesn't contain clover, which much of the second cutting does. ( assuming around here anyway). He said clover often molds a tiny bit, which wouldn't bother cows, but not good for horses. He said, second cutting probably would be better; softe and tender, only of,course if it didn't contain clover.
Got to the barn, horses, Anxious, not sure if just eager to eat or there's going to be a change in the weather, but they were 'different'. Jay finished his grain and kinda stood there, not eating hay, so I decided to play with him and make him use his mind.
Here is where I question my self.....I feel comfortable with desensitizing....looping the rope on legs, flinging it over his body, jumping up and down like a weirdo....anything to help keep him calm.....but it's the moving of the feet I am still not comfortable with.....he moves his hind quarters pretty well, but not as good as I think he should...but I question myself bc that clinic I went to last spring,the guy always 'yelled' at me for allowing the horse to move his front feet while his hind quarters turned...I thought I was doing OK, I got him to move his feet!
he just doesn't spin in one front foot.
Now I question if I'm doing it right, and tonight Jay acted annoyed at my making him move by putting his ears back at me. That's not like him. I made a really loud ugly buzzer type sound like I had read to do when he put his ears back at me, instead of NO! He eventually stopped the ears laying back, but I feel like I am confusing or screwing him up.....I didn't stop bugging him ( de sensitizing and moving his feet, front and back) until he seemed to relax a bit. His eyes said he still wasn't pleased.....but he stopped raising his head and looking frightened.....and annoyed.
How do I know I'm doing it right? I keep hearing that guy in my head...saying, NO, NO, NO! Ugh.
Rainn seemed beside herself too tonight, so I rubbed her down. She kept turning sround and touching my head with her muzzle as if to thank me.
After I worked with both, they happily went to eat hay, but not until! Funny night.
Getting the winter blues...called an old friend, were going to have dinner Thursday.
Also put a call into my old riding instructor....spring is near, I want to take a couple lessons to help,with confidence. Hope she has room for me.
TJ, that close up pic is actually of Rainn!
. She does have the sweetest face...hard to resist!
Ok, lights out for me!
Any suggestions are welcome!