Just thought I'd share something that I did with Cheyenne on Tuesday, I'm SOO happy about it!
So I was lunging her because I wanted to work her but didn't wanna ride much that day. She wasn't being too bratty like she often is on the lunge line and I was so happy with that. Often she's bucking, rearing, bolting, cutting into the circle...today she was just throwing her head once in a while. Anyways, she was being great! So then I noticed that she was taking a while to respond to my voice so I decided that's what I'd work on with her that day.
It went sorta like this: walk. Trot. Canter.trot. Canter. Trot. Canter. Trot. Walk. Trot. Walk. Trot. Canter. Walk. Whoa. Walk. Switch directions. Walk. Trot. Walk. Trot. Whoa. Trot. And then I noticed that her head was way lowered and her ear was to me and she had started licking and chewing. I remembered watching on a youtube video that those are signs of respect and that she now wanted to be with me.
I had tried doing this before but always failed. I've been leasing her for a year and every once in a while I'd put her on the lunge line and try to join up with her. She'd have her ear to me because she's a good girl and eventually she'd lower her head because she's tired but never because she wanted to come and be my friend. She's started following me since the summer 2011 but she wasn't glued to my side.
So I dropped the whip and turned around and in a couple seconds I felt her breath on my shoulder so I started walking and she was RIGHT beside me the whole time and I turned around her and she turned on the haunches to stay with me. When I started jogging she was there behind me. I wish I could've let her off the lunge line but someone was in the arena so it wouldn't be safe. However the lunge line was completely slack-she wasn't following me because she had to, she was following because she wanted to.
I was SOO happy!! I still am so happy with her, she's never shown so much interest in me before, it was incredible!!
Just thought I'd share that with you guys, I'm so pumped to go try it again today!
If you'd like to try this with your horse but don't know how I'd LOVE to help you out! I'm of course no expert or anything, my advise would be out of expirience or stories that I've heard but yeah let me know here or by PM or VM or something!
Anyways, have a good day, all!