Okay, back to now....two months later, after almost losing her to "shipping fever" and pneumonia she is feeling good and ready to be worked lightly. I thought, great..new horse, so I will start with the basics. Right off the bat I realized she was head shy and worried...so we have worked a lot on that and its WAAAAY better, but still a work in progress. So, I put her in my new 60 ft round pen, and this mare is BESIDE herself. (remember she had been advertised as a "been there, done that" mare that had been shown in barrel racing by a middle aged woman..a broke mare with a great mind!) I had not so much as turned her loose and stood in the middle and she was dashing and darting every which way, climbing the rails and slamming into them. Rolling back, changing direction as if I was going to EAT her.
So, I just talked to her and thought I was going to let her settle a bit...then I thought no, move her feet before she really does climb out of here. So I began trying to get her to just to one lap around the pen without slamming into it, rolling back(hind towards me!), or climbing the rails. I did this for ten minutes, saw a tiny bit of progress so I stopped and turned my body away from her. She took soem time but did face me eventually....
Can soemone tell if I am on the right track. I have started two babies in my life and I still have them and they are wonderful...they were so easy to teach this stuff to. Now I have a ten year old that has clearly never lunged(I DID try the lungeline outside the pen as well...HECK NO!!! Runs mad as far as she can go!!)
I did some Cinton Anderson type stuff with her then just with a lead rope to teach her soem direction and body language; she is super sensitive but so very willing. Not a mean bone her, only a major sized PANIC button!
I rode her for about 10 mins....NO BEND, No Give to the bit, NOTHING. I could not get her to jog a circle! So we just walked around and got used to one another...then I got off and gave her a long bath and stared in amazement,
I need ideas...start from scratch?
Here are some pictures, she still needs quite a bit of weight and some muscle, she is truly kind once you get close to her.