Thanks Jaydee! I am so proud of her! She's come so far, from being the timid horse who couldn't leave her own paddock, terrified of every object - all the way to standing calmly on a tarp without any tack or force!! In fact now she loves her tarp because it's easier to get the food she drops off that then from between the grass.
We've been going for walks at liberty with just the target around the property and a bit onto the neighbors farms (in their plowed paths for horses) she still spooks easily out in the world, but now she'll usually jump and run a few steps off then come right back to the target. Each day she stays closer and closer to the target. :)
How is everyone else doing with their horses?
I've noticed something else wonderful about CT - the lessons REALLY carry over, treats or not. I was working with Tank on staying still no matter where I go, even when slightly concerning things are happening (like a tarp being tossed on her back). She did well with all my silly things. Later that week I went to give her another bath (the first one was like ring around the rosey with me chasing her all around! I only got her front end washed that time) but this time she was like a stone! She just remembered the last few lessons. I didn't have to use CT to make her stay still for the bath, she just did! (of course I let her graze after which was nice ;))
Wow, punk, you and tank look quite good together! Looks like fun!
I wish I could report progress but all I can manage is maintenance right now since this is my month of crazy long work hours. But, Roudy is fetching his dish for attention, Ella will follow me everywhere for one CT, and April is softening her head to contact. Posted via Mobile Device
My son is home from college so he takes Honey over, she's back in a hackamore - she was getting herself so stressed and hyped again, really jumpy when ridden, he decided to just give the hack a try as run out of ideas and instant change of horse. I don't know how to explain it, her mouth and teeth are fine and she's never ridden with hard hands
Looby finally got her head around collected canter, I made the mistake of giving her loads of praise and now she wants to canter all the time!!! She just loves being a 'good girl' - I don't think she ever knew how it felt before.
Thank you. Its odd with Honey as she was ridden in a bit for years with no trouble. My husband wonders if maybe her mouth has changed over time and she somehow feels uncomfortable. One of those mystery things
Looby was such a sad sorry little horse when she came here, everything was a either a battle or her retreating like she was terrified of being hit. She didn't want to have anything to do with us on a social level. There is still a bit of the old her in there at times
I think my best moment with her was when I was standing in her stable looking out across the field and felt something by me and realized she'd crept up behind me and had put her face really gently against my shoulder. I just couldn't help crying!!!
Jaydee that's beautiful! Have you tried any CAT with her? I'm still learning about this but finding it to really help with horses like that.
Glad to hear things are going well for everyone. I get the lack of time thing x.x work and planning a wedding I think im going to explode!!
Zexious- thanks!! Its been a long road but we're getting there :) the first few pages of this thread is the science and mechanics of how and why CT works if your interested in learning :)
Jaydee, Looby is the kind of horse that gets my heart! My black mare Ella did not like contact of any kind when we got her. She shoved me down and another horse stepped on my chest and cracked my 4 of my ribs March of 2012. She is very well trained, smart and very well bred, but she was an awful mess. She just hated work, and was sour on every aspect of human.
I started CT July 2o12 and she has completely transformed. She nickers when I am near and enjoys my touch. She follows me everywhere! Her eyes are soft and dopey when she sees me. She used to be unresponsive to leg cues. Now she tries to anticipate my commands. She is such a sweetie who used to be a holy terror.
I think some horses need a different way of communicating besides pressure-release and punishment. If you have a horse that is soured, and you use the same old stuff, you are just going to get more of the same. Ella loves rewards. It makes her soft and squishy instead of her usual tough and angry.
And for Honey, I agree with you that a horse can change as they age. God knows I have! I wish I could I could see them. Are you as tech savvy as Punk and able to upload video?