It's so good when things go well - the herd bound thing was probably down to insecurity in a new place. Jazzy was hysterical every time another horse was moved when we first got her and I got in touch with her previous owners for reassurance that she wasn't like it when they had her because I was so worried but they said she had done it when they bought her for a few days - and we saw exactly the same thing, by the end of the week the didn't care if she was on her own or what the other horses did
I thought I'd share this here too :) Pretty excited about this, for all you who know how touchy Tank is, this is a big deal.
I finally got to get a good video of Tank's liberty bubble baths!
When I got her just turning the hose on in her stall to fill her water buckets would send her to the other side - she wouldn't come over until the hose was gone. Outside she'd wait a safe distance away.
I started with some basic targeting the hose while off, then while on a gentle trickle, then allowing me to wet her legs with soft running water, then a mist, then a spray, then getting her belly wet and washed. Soon I could do her whole body. I used both CT and CAT at first where when she relaxed with the water on her I would click, remove the water, turn off the hose and feed. Then start again. Now sometimes I remove the water if I'm in a tricky spot, but I'll often just feed as I keep spraying.
She's doing great - but still lets me know when she doesn't like something by walking away and circling back to me. I wish I could have caught it on camera as well, the paddock looks small without much grass, but it's open to the back paddock full of grass - she was on that when I came out, but came running over when she saw me setting up the camera. The gate stayed open the entire time, she could have walked back and gone to eat that yummy grass for free. She didn't.
That's amazing progress - I know Tanks history - or at least quite a lot of it and no one back when you first started discussing her problems on here would have thought this was the same horse
And I love how you've got her to here.
So, due to a mismanagement with a halter and a horse head (involving a halter that had not been removed in like 4 years) I have a brand new broken finger. I am looking for ground work suggestions for a few weeks. I tried ridding with the busted finger yesterday and it was not my best idea. Its the ring finger, which I use for breaks and turn signal. Now, I am looking for ground work suggestions. I am starting with a turn on the haunches. I have asked Harry under saddle for one and he is confused. This goes the same for on the ground. I am assuming its another one of those fantastic holes in his training. So, far I am asking for successful approximations but I want other suggestions for other things. I am thinking ground tying, a recall and some flexing but what else can you all suggest?
Anything like backing up, turning, moving over and 'park and stay' are useful - I'm not big into doing anything that's not going to be useful though last year I started trying to get Looby to stand when I left her (which she would do) and then come to me when I called - for a horse that now comes to call to be caught I found the success rate not good, sometimes she would come but a lot of the time she would ignore me and look the other way as if to say 'I can't see you therefore I can't hear and obey'
If I couldnt ride, I would love to work on ground driving and long lining. You can work on collection, side passing, and refining verbal commands. Also, you could do stretches, teaching your horse how to lift his back among other things. Posted via Mobile Device