So I worked with this 8y0 QH all summer long. She had been trained before, but just lived as a pasture pony afterwards. When I started working he, she was vey wild. It didn't take he long to remember what she was supposed to do. HAlting took her foreve to learn, but she did after many tears and hurt toes (When we did ground work). About 4 months after I started working with her, we were placing at shows, and I even began to teach her to jump! Well, off to college I went, and she isn't being worked with everyday. Whenever I go home it is rainy, and I can't do much with her. This weekend was the first clear one since august!!
A took her in a empty pen and lunged her. Once she remembersed to pay attention to me, I got all her attention, and all of her transistions were beautiful. No bucking at all. I worked on the ground with her, and after a few minutes she was backing, halting, trotting, and standing like an angel!! I was so proud, and couldn't believe she remembered so much!1 My bf even pointed out she was squaring up at every halt like I had taught her.
My question is, how long do you think a horse's memory is? I had known she would do well, but not that well. She was even doing the tricks I had taught her, without treats!! Would this be a bond that we developed and she still remembers, or does training "Imprint" into a horse once it is learned?