Haha true, gunslinger! :)
I agree, egrogan! :)
Haha Lacey was SO the same way, Sue! She loved me, but she loved
children. That's actually most of the reason I got into teaching lessons with her - we had been at camp together all summer in 2010 and she was coming home to my neighbor's house after camp so I knew there weren't going to be many kids around. I figured we could start teaching lessons to get her "kid time" and voila!
1. I rode Fabio yesterday! It went ok though he definitely selectively chooses when he wants to listen to cues, turning cues especially. So that'll be a work in progress.
2. Today one of my friends and I took some "graduation" photos and we chose to include Fabs in a few.
My friend really wanted me to hop on Fabs for a few minutes and I figured that, since yesterday went 'ok', today should be ok too - especially if we just stood there.
I had to mess with the bridle [I thought I'd put Lacey's bit on it - her hanging, mullen-mouth, fulmer snaffle that we got a farrier to make for us...just to see if he likes it since she LOVED it] so I looped his lead rope around his neck, and asked him to stand next to me while I messed with the bridle.
He was good for a few minutes, then got bored and tried to walk off. I instinctively grabbed for the lead rope, caught one end and kept tension on it - the rope ended up on the back of his neck [below his ears], still clipped to his halter. He could have easily fixed it if he had put his head down.
Instead he threw his head up, and began backing up. When I didn't give to that [I thought he'd put his head down. Plus, I wanted him to work that out for himself] he....
REARED STRAIGHT UP IN THE AIR.
Not even kidding, rearing straight up. He was completely calm about it. I "ah-ah-ah"-ed him, then brought him back to where we had been standing and he stood quietly for 10 more minutes [longer than I had asked him to stand before].
HOWEVER. HOUSTON, we have a PROBLEM!!
Rearing?? And so calmly????
Lacey was a rearer when I got her, but she was a "I'm panicking and so so scared"-rearer. That was easily fixed by teaching her that she wasn't going to get hurt and by teaching her other ways of dealing with panic.
But completely calm rearing?
He was worried, then confusion crossed his face and he reared, but that was it. Simply worry, then confusion. Not panicking, not pushed too far, just worried.
After rearing, he wasn't more worked up, he was dead calm.
And I reallllllly don't think I like that?
Because that means he could rear again, equally unexpectedly..........
Hmmmm. One day at a time, I guess.
From the way he acted right before he reared -looking super confused- and the way he reared -very controlled and precise- the first thing I wondered was if some genius had taught him to rear in response to poll pressure? But that also seems quite farfetched...
On the plus side, he seemed like he really liked Lacey's bit! I felt like I had more control, but he was more relaxed and prompt in his responses. We only had to walk a step or two, but he was much snappier.
So I dunno.... I'm glad I'm going to be out of school in a few weeks. Fabs is not a project that's going to take a few days, that's FOR SURE.