Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: on the way to Hell in a Handbasket
Arg! Frustrating new development with 4yo....
Ok, a little background... First Wish was given to me to work with when I first got here to Valhalla. She'd never really been messed with as a 4 yo. Had her feet done, and her wormings, stuck back out to pasture.. that's it. So, I work on her ground manners. When she walks she was a little bit behind my shoulder, so we fixed it. Worked on lunging her... Then Hank Hepperly visits the farm to do a clinic. Owner of First Wish says Hank is going to take over F.W. But she ended up being lame, and was given back to me. So, I've been lunging her in the round pen working on vocal cues, join up, leading. Basic stuff...
So the other day I had the saddle and bridle on her (she's had it on every day for about a week and a half) Everything was going great. Three days ago, I go to lead her into the round pen. Stops dead in her tracks... "Ok, maybe she got spooked." goes through my mind.. a little pushing, and she went in.. Praise praise praise - oats- praise praise praise. We work, and everything goes well. Two days ago, I go to take her into the round pen, stops dead in her tracks. Pushing her doesn't get her in, oats don't get her in... We circle, go at the entrance from a different direction. Stops. So I back her. If she won't go forward, I'm going to make it really uncomfortable for her not to. Doesn't work... It gets to where I'm walking her up to the front, she stops and just starts running backwards.
I ended the session with her just stopping in front of the door. On a positive note...
Sorry its so long.... Anyone have a suggestion?