Halters on and leading my foals
well as so many people are following my threads I decided to put up a new one. Today my friend came over who travelled some way to see my foals and give me a hand, (4 hour trip here and back incl) and she showed me what to do and what I needed to change. I was only making a few mistakes like being a nervous eejit.
So she stood at the stable door and told me what to do and how to do it.
Firstly I called bailey over to me and put a headcollar on him, no problems there, tugged it about a bit, no problems, hooked on my lead and began to walk asking him to come with me, (this all took place in the stable with the two horses together) he wouldnt budge and planted himself, so hand full of feed and he followed me all around, I turned him, backed him up (which took some encouragement) and then groomed him while he was being so good. While brushing his legs down he would pick up his leg and stamp it so when he picked it up the next time I caught it and he nearly went down, he actually did quite a nice bow, so did this a few times on the fronts only until he managed to steady himself a bit more. The I got the lunge line and started moving it all over his back and shaking the chain to make some noise, no probs here either, so now im thinking how the hell did I have so much trouble with him, I came to the conclusion that I wasnt being deliberat enough in my moves and he was getting confused. We worked on him for about half an hour. Not bad, at this point im elated and shaking with happyness but worried about the next one.
Then comes archie, couldnt catch him at all and he kept hiding behind bailey, so I used bailey to my advantage and looped the lead rope around his neck and tied it so I had something on him, he just stood there and froze, kept talkin to him and stroking him and touching him all over and looped a loop of the lead rope over his nose and brought the rest up to his ears to make a makeshift headcollar, did this a few times while rubbing his face, head collar came next and he was still just standing there shaking, no prob getting it on as I had him held but I swear it was like trying to move a boulder, no matter how much I tugged he would not move, at all, so I started moving him with my hand on his bum and he would take a few steps and would get praise, but if he went backwards when I didnt want him to he would be made move again, worked on him a lot longer than bailey and ended up him wanting his head hugged and he started drooling all down my coat, I was nearly in tears, he was really great with his feet too, and loved being groomed, going to bring a wet sponge the next time to get some of the muck off him.
Feeding buckets and barging were my next problem, so we moved the water to where the feed usually goes and seperated them with the new gate thing in the stable and brought in the buckets, archie is no problem but bailey was the same, bargy and no respect so I had a small schooling whip with me and he got that a few times until he gave me space, he was fine then and even left the bucket at the door for me to pick up.
So now im over excited and just went out to feed again and did jsut what I did earlier and success, so happy and she is going to be back on monday to help fencing for me so more fun on monday, but I need to keep up the work over the weekend.
Thanks everyone for your comments, tips and concerns in my other threads and I hope that you now realise that I took them to heart and I am really moving forward.
:) pics tomorrow with headcollars and leadropes when I get my sister to come over