Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
Can a horse have a learning disability?
I need to vent.
I honestly think Squiggy has a learning disability. The past two months have mostly been spent on softness, bending, cruise control and her leads.
And nearly every single day its the same. There is improvements, but they are so small and never consistent.
For example, her loping issues. She would cross fire, not pick up the right lead, and always be pulling to run. Even though she has never been run.
So, we got that all sorted out in one long ride. The next ride, she got it much better. Improvement since then? Nadda. Still crossfires on her right lead 60% of the time. It takes me 5-10 minutes of work to get her to not be chargy. And this is a daily thing.
Then there is softness. It's all fine and dandy until I try to trot, then its all over the place. I will ask her to give a little more bend on a big circle, nothing much to ask, and she might just throw her head up in the air and try to zoom off, break into a lope that isnt really a lope, just hopping, or think I'm asking her to spin for some reason and start spinning herself (not well).
Or, her trot is just generally a mess. When it used to be great.
It seems like I just cant win.
I get improvement somewhere, and its like she has to kick something else to the curb to make room in her head for what she just learned.
"Oh hey, I can lope nicely - I FORGET HOW TO TROT"
"LOOOOK MAAAAAHM AT THIS BEND - backing up???? Pssssssh!"
"Sure I can be nice and respectful on the ground - BUT IM GOING TO BE THE DEVIL WHEN YOU RIDE ME"
"Groundwork!? I dont know what groundwork is. We've only done it all my life"
"I know I trotted a perfect smooth and soft barrel pattern yesterday - BUT I FORGET HOW TO DO IT TODAY"
The list can go on forever.
I am stuck, mad, and needed to vent.
Needless to say, someone didnt get her daily kiss or a treat after her ride today.