A rope halter- ok! Thanks- I can easily get one of those!
FYI- Charlie usually walks when I walk, stops when I stop.Turns when I turn...When the trainer first met both of us, she mentioned that we had already bonded, joined up... I am guessing today he decided that he would rather stay with the herd than come with me...
She only wanted me do ground work in the beginning of our training.( Before I met her, I had already ridden Charlie, with no serious problems) But she wanted me to get total respect on the ground before I got into the ,which made total sense to me
By the way, I see Charlie once a day, everyday.There is only one day in his entire 10 weeks with me that I didnt see him and it was because of the darn stomach bug! He lives around the corner from my house.
Its not everyday we do lunging( ice/snow issues here) but we do our homework, from the trainer.She comes on Sundays, teaches me some new groundwork and desenitizing things and then during the week, everytime I see Charlie, I work on what I learned... Usually I do all of these things with Charlie: Dropping the head, Neck stretching from side to side, asking him to back up by voice command( which I taught him all by myself- so proud!),stepping on the tarp with both feet not just one, stopping when I stop....And then we go for a long walk,away from the barn and into the woods on the trails.( 10-15 min walk)
This past week,we had some bad weather plus my husband went to London last minute, hence no one to watch the kids so I could go see Charlie for our usual homework session...so this week I only got to see him for hugs while the kids waited in the car( my kids are very young)
My husband got back last night and so today was my first day to actually spend some good quality time with Charlie...The woman from the barn actually even called me to tell me how Happy charlie was today, how he galloped ahead of the leader of the herd and led the pack into the front field from the paddock. She was suprised that he did this, because Charlie has always been low on the totem poll. He has been at this barn for 5 weeks now and his status is changing she says...which makes me happy, because at the other place, he was thrown in with a pack of 11 aggressive starving horses and was beaten up daily and was never accepted.
Here the herd only consists of 5 plus Charlie.They are all fed well and don't have aggressive personalities. He is thriving here which makes me so happy!
I am in this for the long haul with him. We are going to grow together
My trainer should be coming on Sunday, but tomorrow I want to be able to get him out of the field without any issues. I ahve to be honest,I am a teeny discouraged by his behaviour today, he has NEVER acted like this once. He ususally very happy to see me and will always come to me and walk with me, no problem...could a few days with out me doing any homework with him cause this??
Thanks for takin the time to write me, Marcy