May 13, 2011
Came down and saw Araya today, She was inspected by our state brand inspector and the inspector said she looked really good and that Araya was a very beautiful horse. Did his job and left. After that I took her out again and we tried to conquer her fear of being trailered. Didn't go well, but we'll try and take it in baby steps over time. Worked on getting her to control herself with voice commands while I free lunged her. She suprisingly did really well and relaxed and did as I asked her to do. Told her "walk on" for her to walk, clicked to trot or I said "Trot, slow trot, easy trot" depending on what she was doing, then made the kissing noise for a lope and tried to work on her changes of direction, trying to get her to not turn into the fence when she changes, but she's getting better. She is really getting her transitions down pat and seems to enjoy doing them. Went to the Rodeo last night as well and saw some friends and what happens when a horse is burnt out on doing something and is not worked with all the time. Its crazy how some people train their horses. One of my goals this summer is to bring Araya to a rodeo sometime over the summer so she can see what it's all about. Plus watching them, I've come to the conclusion that once Araya is old enough and trained right she'll be kicking butt at these gymkhana's, she's certainly got the natural talent for it, wether or not if she'll do it undersaddle is a different thing however. Also I tried to lunge her on a line instead of free lunging her, and she got frustrated with me when I asked her to move her butt away from me and kicked me square in the knee, thankfully she didn't break anything and its only bruised and a little sore.
May 14th, 2011
Didn't do much today other than worked on her transitions. Then I tried to get her to walk through a puddle/mud which she didn't like to much but she tried to do what I wanted her to do. After that I did some desensitizing to a spray bottle on her legs, which after awhile she tolerated fairly well. Then I tied her up and groomed her out really good. Tried to get as much dirt out as possible, though she really needs a bath. But I'm nervous to try bathing her alone because she absolutly hates water. So I'll have to wait till I have some shampoo and someone to help me. We took a relaxing walk today and she happily munched some grass as I sat beside her as we just hung out for awhile. Affter that I took her back to her stall and left her with a snack till later tonight.
If your interested to see how she's looking, I've posted pictures of her from today and yesterday in the picture thread "Pics from Today".