Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Quirks or bad manners?
Just one to pick your brains! I bought Duffy in June, and basically treated her as an unbroke camelhorse, which turned out to be best as when she did things she'd previously learnt, it was great for our progression.
Her manners were bad, but with firm and stern correction, I don't feel we have any more issues, a kid could lead her no problems.
However, at 18.1hh I sometimes struggle to put a bridle on her. I don't know how much she has been trained, and I honestly think she doesn't know what is the correct way, and I don't know how to help! She doesn't lift her head up, but she doesn't bring it down. I have trained her with a knotted head collar with 'down' and she does it very well when I put a headcollar on her, but not with the bridle.. do I need to take a step back in my training and reinforce this firmly so with my vocals she brings her head down?
Also, I like to have her stand and wait, she must learn to be patient with everything going on around, tractors other horses, dog walkers, mopeds going past, and if I groom her with a leadrope loose, and after she's tacked up, she does this little head twist thing that looks like she's nodding. I don't know if this is a funny quirk of hers, or if its her being dominant. And if it is, how do I get her out of it??