Originally Posted by tinyliny
is she lagging behind you, taking all the slack out of the rope and making you drag her forward? Or is she keeping some slack in the rope, and minding a respectful distance? Because if it's the latter, what a shame it would be to train that out of her.
This is tough to answer because she leaves it slack but you can still feel the resistance from her. Its hard to describe because the rope is slack and if your not on the lead rope or know what to look for then you might not notice the "energy" she puts off. Its reluctant and laziness. When I got her she wouldn't walk on the line respectfully at all. She was everywhere including on top of you and she never paid any attention to the handler. I quickly stopped this bad habit and one of the thing I did was randomly stop, back up, flap my arms, jump around, etc... It made for one heck of a laugh for those watching the crazy girl with her horse lol needless to say it worked. I can stop, back, and turn on a dime without any direct cues. But now she is leary cause she knows mom could spaz out and she'd accidentally smash her face on an elbow or something lol I'm going to reevaluate the situation because as I'm thinking about this I don't want to confuse her and I do like her out of my space. But I so badly want to do showmanship and she's my only option. Any more advice would be appreciated. Thanks everyone! Posted via Mobile Device