Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Western New York
Thanks everyone. I agree with and appreciate all that has been posted. I went today and long lined her again - this time, I was ready for the nose diving and asked my trainer prior to our session, what the heck do I do when she does this. She said "jiggle your line and move her forward, which will lift her head and then steer her left or right so she can't brace her head back down". I did, and it worked. The more we did it, it got so I was able to catch her before her nose was all the way down... well sometimes. So, progress at least in the arena on long lines.
What clicked while working her today was that I have about 10-12 minutes and her attention is gone. Lose the attention, nose goes down. So when I felt her attention starting to wane, I would vary the walking routine enough that she had to pay attention for a few more minutes, then we finished up on a good note.
In the barn/aisle, she doesn't seem to be nervous as much as impatient - she wants her nose not only on the ground, but today she wanted it in the muck bucket, the other stalls, everywhere but still - and this very new and honestly, very annoying.
As for stretching her back- I feel like an idiot that I never considered something like that... I know my trainer did say during an unrelated conversation that jazz had a nice topline but the discussion didn't go any further in that regard.
Cherie, I am very aware and very much a believer of what you said - I do think, and I could be wrong, that when under saddle and when in the bit, she does know head to the ground means evading the contact.
My instinct here is to keep working this out on the ground and not even do this schooling under saddle right now... she is still young and my first trainer left some serious holes in her training that I'd like to fill in now.
Thank you everyone, I cannot tell you how much your feedback helps.