Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
first off Equina, than you so much for your extremely in-depth reply, I appreciate it! My answers are bolded
Whew! Okay, well...
Does Kate want to work with Magic? Does she want to spend time with the pony even if it's not riding time? Does Kate enjoy grooming and braiding her mane and just playing around with her? Does she have that strong desire to just be around her pony and watch her eat grain and poop and do all the lovely horsie things?
Honestly, I don't think she did anything with Magic before I got there. Her mane was a mess and she was terrible with her feet; I had to work for weeks to get her to pick up her feet without kicking. She's a pasture pet, pure and simple... and I wish she was so much more than that - she deserves it, she's a really sweet and willing mare!
If not, then I'd seriously talk to her about maybe selling Magic to get something with a little more experience. And of course, you could still be her trainer with the new horse! =)
If Kate wants to stick with Magic, then that's great too! Is she able to come work Magic with you? Or does she work with Magic on days when you don't? I'd just recommend that Kate works one step behind you with Magic. Once YOU can easily halter her and bring her in from "the herd," then Kate can start to learn that. Once you and Magic have lunging down, then Kate can learn to lunge her.
I have taught Kate to lunge Magic, and have never seen the lungeline change position from when I use it. She lunges very well now, although she has a tendency to come into the circle if you're a pushover - which Kate is...
I do a special tie thing with the leadrope on the fence - one that most people can undo bu tnot put back together - and I've never seen it disturbed off the fence (note: Magic is now in a pasture with only one other horse - Maia, so there's no "herd" to contend with).
Also, even when Shadow was in with the "herd" I was able to call her name and she'd come running (haha slowly) up to me and just about plunk her head in the halter... no muss, no fuss.. Kate flat out refused to go get her.
Kate meets up with me one day a week to see the progress that we've made for the previous week.. unfortunately she's usually on the side doing nothing even if I try and get her involved. Last week I gave Magic to her to groom while I groomed Maia, and she just stood there dumbfounded...? Like I said, she's a very sweet lady and I enjoy working with both of them, and Magic is coming along really well... but I'm not sure if/when I can let Kate on Magic without worrying. And I'm not sure she wants to fork out $300/month for the next 6 years...
In a month or so, maybe get Kate hooked on one of the groundwork programs (Parelli, Clinton Anderson, etc etc). That will give her some direction and goals to work towards without having to mount up and be afraid of falling. They'll build up confidence and trust in each other this way too.
Good idea.. but I don't practise these techniques (I employ certain parts of each, but I don't say I do Parelli or Anderson stuff) so I'm wondering if that would just get Shadow confused? I'd love input on this!
I'd just be very realistic with Kate. Let her know that she probably won't be riding for 6 months, a year, 2 years, whatever you think. I'd also recommend to her that she have the vet out to do a preggo-test. The vet can also formulate a deworming program for her so that she knows which ones to buy and when and learn to do that herself!
*sigh* I completely agree, I just don't know how to go about it.
Is the "trainer" who is administering the dewormers the same trainer where she was green broke? If so, s/he sounds like a joke! "Oops, she may be pregnant!"
Yep. Yep. And Yep. I won't let this guy so much as look at Maia - I have my own farrier and vet come out to do Maia!
LadyDreamer, thank you for your reply as well - I really like that quote. I just have to do some thinking as to what needs to be done... I don't know if Magic will be a good horse for her "soon" or not.. she does learn very quickly, and is a fairly quiet horse, however she will spook out of the blue, and I know that will scare Kate to no end, even if Magic just spooks then goes back to work.
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