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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
Ok, just a little bit of a brag about how good Kenzie's manners are compared to the other horses here. I've been really tough with her about staying out of my space no matter what lately since she was doing that "lets walk on top of Allyson when we're uncomfortable" thing, and she's doing so well. I've been doing the routine of going to catch her and actually bringing her with me while I go get her feed from my feed trunk in the back so that she has to wait quietly tied outside of the feed shed and walk on a SLACK rope behind me and to the side while I carry her food in a bucket to her feeding area, then I send her through the gate and ask her to back up before I go in and dump the food into the bucket. I always expect her to stand quietly without pawing (which you might remember, was a problem for a while), trying to come closer, or fidgeting until I decide that I'm done, then I unclip her lead and expect her to still stand there until I touch her and say 'Ok' as her release. I've only been doing that routine for three days and she already has it down pat, no crowding me while walking or filling the bucket or anything. I'm also teaching her to move her hindquarters, shoulder, or whole body away from me even if she's eating when I ask her to go "over" and touch that part of her, and she's doing really well. She's so...submissive about everything. With Sour it has always been a "Why don't you MAKE ME?" battle with all of these things, which was really interesting to work with, but Kenzie is so opposite of that.
She's a smart little cookie ;)
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