Today was a nice easy day.
Did a bit of groundwork, worked on ground tying a bit more (she's about 85% with it), and did a little massaging on her shoulders.
Her shoulders went from quivering at a touch to not quivering, so I'm taking it as a win. I think she's going to need consistent chiro and massage work done to stay comfortable in heavy work, just how she's built.
Anywho, pictures! Her weight looks so much better!
Apparently they're at the top..lol. Posted via Mobile Device
And I thought we got over the kicking problem... :/
Apparently it resurfaces with food, imagine that!
She was standing tied great while I BS'd so I figured I'd give her a handful and just work on the little "don't swing your head over until I offer the grain" issue..
Lo and Behold, I asked her to move her butt over (which she does beautifully without me having to touch her at all) and she wouldn't move it, so I poked her and BAM, she cowkicked..again. I had my hands full with grain so she got a big kick to the gut and I ignored her for a bit (she did move her butt when I kicked her, lol).
After such I untied her and did some more yielding, backing, and how to ask for treats (grain in this case). She did just fine, so I'm actually not positive as to WHERE the kick came from..
So tomorrow when I go out I'll definitely be getting some grain in a scoop and moving her around lots.
And yeah..some of you don't agree with me kicking her, I'm sure. I've always used this woth kickers, since I first started riding. I did it with dogs too when they nipped or bit at me, I "bit them back" with my hand.
The main success story I had with this technique was with Tunie, an OTTB mare that was in the run-in my friend and I took care of in exchange to ride/reduced board. She kicked at me once and she got a hard kick right back to her (she caught my jeans, thankfully not my shin that she came close to) and she never once even pinned her ears at me again, even when she was moved to another barn on the property. I was the only one she wasn't food aggressive towards after that incident.
And, a picture after our groundwork session where she then stood ground tied while I BS' d some more and took pictures :p
Well, Alahna's back undersaddle!
She does TERRIBLE in a bit though, for whatever reason. I'm going to check her teeth again tonight (they should be fine), but she throws her head and gapes her mouth with very little pressure. I've went back to the hack until I can figure out what's going on because I'd like to get her back into a snaffle so we can start working on balancing her canter (almost good on trot, walk is perfect aside from a quicker stop).
But all in all, she's doing great, and I'm hoping to take her for a trail sometime soon and start working on traffic again.
Well..Took her to her first show today.(:
Hopped right on the trailer and trailered beautifully! The other two were antsy and pawing but she stood waiting in there like an angel.
When we got there, she was..well, a wench xD She almost shoved a little girl on her horse over when she swung her butt out during warm up, so I decided to wait for a bit and then use the other arena. While she was at the trailer she peed and when we went down to the other arena, she was much better, lol.
I took her in exhibition barrels twice and trotted the pattern, she did awesome, she is SUCH a quick learner!
Her next class was stake bend. I figured she would try to fly through so we trotted up and she felt like she wanted to canter so bad on the way back that I let her go and she actually stayed slow enough that she could weave without me having to hold her back! She came 6/8 with the last two being DQ'd..but regardless, first ribbon at her first show? Hell yeah! LOL
Then the issues started... >.> I was standing around talking to people and she would doze off, which, perfectly normal and I didn't think anything of it. Next thing I know she woke herself up when she lost her balance and almost went down. Walked her around for a bit and went to stand by a friend that leases another horse at the barn. I kept waking her up (I was watching the runs) but the minute I left her alone and watched a specific run I was interested in, she dropped her whole front end and faceplanted on the ground ;; She got back up and thought she was going to go back to sleep! So that was the end of me watching. I was scared to tie her to the trailer again for fear she'd fall down go boom while she was tied ;;
And then, her next class was down and back. Nice and simple, little coordination needed so I decided we were going to full out run and hope we placed xD I was expecting a buck when I smacked her with the whip to get her going from the gate, but nope! She just dug in and took off and I was still in control of it, not a bolt! She slowed down immensly around the barrel (took it wide so she wouldn't slow down), but I went to her bad side for some reason and that was our problem. Soon as she came out of that barrel though? I didn't even need the whip, she knew she was allowed to fly back and she kicked it right into gear before I even had to push her! And the BEST part, she walked right back out of that arena with her head down and calm!!! Wasn't antsy the least bit.(:
All in all, while she had some spazz attacks because of other high energy (spazz) horses, she did great for her first show!
And while I sadly don't have any pictures of me on her (will get them next show though!), I did get pictures of her looking good :p
Wow wow wow, her weight is looking SOOO much better! What did you change?
Sorry to hear about the kicking problem, but I don't think you were wrong at all to kick her back. An eye for an eye, right? The dosing and falling off balance is super strange though....is she getting enough REM sleep?
I have no idea what her iron or sleep levels are..I'm going to see if it happens again and if so I'll have the vet out to figure out why.
I honestly think she might have been getting dehydrated. She usually wants to drink everytime she sees a bucket (she'll nose em all till she finds one with water lol) and I offered it to her every half hour or so, but she only drank about a bucket total all day, whereas she usually drinks almost three at home. So I might have to add some gatorade or something next show too.
Also, I believe the kick was a random thing, she hasn't offered to kick again since, so I'm content with that for the moment.
I only changed barns xD She gets fed three times a day now instead of just twice and has free choice hay instead of 10lbs/day and is out in the pasture with good grass more than in a stall. Posted via Mobile Device
For sure! I think she may have been messed with in her stall at the last barn too, she was lunging when anyone came near her stall at this barn, she's finally back to normal in a stall though. Plus, I get to see her almost everyday since my new barn is only 5 minutes away(: Posted via Mobile Device