Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Saskatchewan Canada
Thank you Foxhunter. Even though I am not scared or nervous around Breeze, I must admit that I DID let her get away with things that I should not have... and I am having to pay the price now. I am NOT letting her get away with anything now.
So here is an update for you guys:
So my friend did not come out because of bad weather (making me not go out either) so we had to put off work. Greatfully (as much I don't want to admit it) it snowed a lot, covering up all the ice. My friend is going to come out tomorrow (Wesnesday, March 20th) to help, and the trainer I am going to get lessons from will hopefully have the round pen set up in the indoor this week... so I can start there next week, or in 2 weeks.
ANYWAYS!!! Today I went out by myself. Yesterday I went out, and I did not even put a halter on Breeze, and she was pushy, plowing me and my sister over to get to something and just being disrespectful. Today I said that was going to change. No thought about it.
So I went out, I put a halter on, checked her ringworm (which is healing quite well, should be gone in a couple weeks) and got right to work. She was being pushy and wouldn't stop when I asked.
I should say right now, throughout the 20 minutes I was working with her, we had a few meet Jesus moments.
Okay, but I made her move her hindquarters, back up, stop, and then I moved on to lunging. Well... many of you know how lunging is with Breeze. She was running all over the place, so every time I thought she would put up more of a fight... I would cluck, point and MAKE her listen and keep her attention on me, until she did 1 nice circle around me each way.
She was still being pushy, not listening to me once we quit lunging me and just being a brat... so of course, like I said, I had had enough with her not listening, and I MADE her listen.
Long story short, by the end she WAS listening to me, I made her stay out of my space. I could tell she wanted to move, as she was swaying forward a little bit, but all she did was put her head down and sniff. I am trying to read Breeze better, and I could tell she really wanted to move, but her feet stayed planted. I dropped the rope and kinda ground tied her, walked big full circles around her... and still her feet stayed planted. When I was done, I invited her in, by calling her name and saying come (yes... she will come when her name is called) and she came in. I made her put her head down and I took the halter off. I lunged her one more time with just the rope around her neck, and not one little fit, she didn't even pin her ears, she just went with it.
I hope tomorrow when my friend comes, I will know what to do when she does sometime disrespectful. Today, I think she finally got through her head that she had had her fun, but now she has to listen, or she will have a 'meet Jesus' moment and will not get away with it. Hopefully she remembers!
Sorry for the long update, and sorry if it doesn't make much sense, but I just got home and words are spilling out of my mouth. Lol.