Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Boulder, colorado
training a yearling (and a half almost) very progessive day... finally
Today i've finally gotten some headway in my yearlings training as far as respect goes. I used a bag on the end of my dressage whip as she is only responsive to the whip unless i tap her rear with it which i'd rather not do because I intend to make specific points on her body which trigger a specific reaction... So not only did this prevent her from entering my personal space (despite a few minor attempts on her part). Not only that but I also got her to lunge but she seemed to become desensitized to the bags noise during this and then stopped trotting/cantering and stood on the opposite side of the round pen. I took this as she was done with the round pen (only like 3minutes total) and I didn't want to push her into it so I walked up to her then lead her to the tie bar. This has also been hard because she ends up pawing at the ground or trying to eat grass which leads to her being more focused on where the good grass is then standing still but, today she stood nearly perfectly still however i've now began feeding her grain tied to the barn (flat back bucket) with her tied as well only enough to move her head to eat from the bucket. Anytime she moved even a step from where I wanted her i cracked the whip to the ground to get her attention and pretty soon she began to just move back to where she was which is so much better than before. Another awesome step was she stood perfectly still while i saddled her with her english saddle, pad, and girth despite me taking the girth off twice. Then We walked to the arena (perfect again with leading) and I did ground work with her. We started on moving away from leg pressure (simulated by my hand) and trying to get her to introduced to lateral movement from both sides. She did a few perfect ones and a lot of hard tries with treat reinforcements, pressure, and praise. overall today I'm so stoked at how much closer we are to lateral movement. She knows back like a champ ( not that she always pays attention ... learning)...
Any tips on lateral movement, leading, tieing, or critiquing is welcomed!
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