Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: pacific northwest
• Horses: 0
Yes Northernmama you are reading this right. She has always had good ground manners, not perfect but good, so I have never been concerned. This is definitely new for her and I'm sure it's because of the lack of work this winter. Like I mentioned in my OP, when she started to nudge/push me with her nose while being groomed I was a little taken aback but started to say "QUIT!" give her a gentle, firm jerk on the lead line (no chain) with each nudge and after 3 or 4 of those she figured it out. In the past she has been a very sensitive horse so she was easy to correct if needed.
I'm not sure how to handle it when there is 3 horses all trying to get into the barn for dinner especially with Lily out in front! If I use a whip or something won't they just blast past me the second I point it down? How would I get them to walk in quietly? I'm thinking the halter might be my best bet.
Typically my MIL will bring them in for dinner by putting hay in the stalls and then opening the barn door so that they just come in (or rush in) and eat. I doubt very much that she has much control over the three horses when they come in. I know I won't be able to change my MIL's way of doing things so I will need to work around it as much as possible. I'm going to start going out there 3x a week so hopefully this will be enough to have some impact. I don't care how Lily acts around my MIL but I would like her to have more respect for me (and my daughter).
Also, I really want some groundwork ideas if anyone has any. In the past we have worked on walk/trot/stop, moving over, and backing up, but I'd like to do more. I'd love some ideas for some creative, fun and different exercises. To be honest I wouldn't mind spending more time doing groundwork than riding for the time being. I want to really establish some good solid respect and trust. Plus I think it would be very good for her mind.