I just got back on my mare for the second time this year.
At first she was spooking over nothing. We had her tied to the trailor letting her eat her grain for the evening because they perform better after eating. We havnt givin grain for a few days except hay due to stores running out and had to wait for shipment. She spooked on the trailor when mom attempted to pull the saddle out. I had to act fast and without thinking I grasped onto the chain that was attached. Wasn't over or under her chin and nose. She pulled two more times after that till I had a hefty handle on the chain. I waited for her to calm down before I let loose of it and untied her. Mom yelled @ me to make her lunge so I did. She was very fresh that evening. I had her lunging making her stop and go and that was my stopping point. She was partly lathered but I've always been taught to let her run her pmv out then once she calms start the work and observe her @ the same time which I did. About 45 minutes working walk and trot and some on cantering getting the bond and respect going. Eventually she started to listen because I watched for breaking points and kept her going till I felt she was getting the point of I'm the leader. In about 10 minutes of walking her out letting her rest some because it dropped only to a gentle breeze but it was pure daylight it was sunset. Then we figured she should get used to wearing the saddle and so I had to reintroduce her to the saddle pad. It was all over her on and off in between her legs ect. I instructed mom to show her the saddle again. And she aloud the saddle without problems. Her attention was on me. I had her lunging with just the saddle on with the same thing I started earlier. Another 25 minutes and she was fully on me but lathered and I had her stop and pet her each time she stopped and came to me. Sense we were slowly bringing her back I changed her into a bridle with a different bit. An old one she used to have. I did all the ground work testing everything I had taught her working in the new but to see how shed respond. She accepted it just great. She aloud me to jump on without moving which she doesn't usually do. But sense I don't have the strength and leg muscle I ask mom to help me. She slightly moved when she held her but she stood. I got on with two hand neckreining. We did many circles walking up small hills and down. Doing many obsticles to work with this bit. She wasn't too bad going left but she's had some resistance. I had to use a little extra force to the right. I sometimes wonder if she's slightly blind or things are a little blurry because she uses her left eye to look at me when she attempts to stop on the long line. No cloud though in her eye. Anyways she was doing so well I tried one handed. She did great! I had to turn her the opposite way she wanted to go and I think we started to develope a good relationship as she was doing well. She started putting her head head down and relax doing the manuevers so that was my stoping point. I dismount and took a moment. I gave her two treats five minutes after our workout. It was a two hour work out all together.
Now was I good to give her those treats or am I just asking for trouble. I only gave her those two. I know of it causing problems but when should I really give them to her? Any advice to her training? She was quite fresh and just started handling her more so she's been her own horse for a little bit. Not too long though
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