Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Ok, so yesterday was our actual start :)
I took Chico out first for a ride & to work with her on the ground. She doesn't exactly need training like Bella but needs a refresher on patience big time!
After I brought Bella into the yard & brushed her out.
I'm attempting the Natural Horsemanship way of training via Pat Parelli. I figure they all do it basically the same & his material is the only stuff available in my area so forgive me for all the PP terminoligy lol.
It was immediately apparrent that Bella has never been lunged. She wasn't constantly trying to face up but she wasa little spooked by it lol
Started with the "friendly game" which she is great at. Not afraid of anything I do with the rope. Bends away from me & all that as well.
She's a bit pokey when longing (circling game) but when I ask her to face she does it immediately. Much better than Chico actually! She even caught onto the yo-yo game fairly quickly.
She is very stiff in her movements & not sensitive to pressure so the "porcupine game" was difficult. Took ALOT of pressure & me literally putting my shoulder into it to make her move away.
We worked mostly on going in & out of the trailer, which she caught onto very quickly (again, much quicker than Chico who likes to make a fuss especially when she knows what you want her to do).
Bella kept trying to hide behind the door lol (i have a 2-horse trailer) but it took no time for me to get her going in on her own without my help leading her inside.
"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly." www.wildestheartart.com