She is making progress but it is slow. She is kindof a resentful horse (due to her age) and doesn't much like being told what to do. BUT, if I just encourage her to do what I want instead of try to give orders, she does great.
Okay, so yesterday, Dad and I went to go through the cattle. He asked if he could ride one of the colts (he misses it terribly) and I couldn't refuse him. So I got on the bay mare and he rode the gray. We spent most of the day loping through the pastures and counting cattle. That is the very best place for a young horse because there are windmills and trees and pretty rough country and creeks to cross. We spent quite a bit of time apart going through separate pastures to save time but Dad said the gray mare did really well. She is a little sluggish with her mouth but that is getting better every ride. Bay and I had our very first knock-down, drag-out fight over crossing the creek. She didn't want to go and unfortunately one of her tricks is to just run backward whenever she sees something that she is scared of or when she gets mad and doesn't want to go somewhere. That is a horrible byproduct of the 30 days "professional" training she had before she came to me. So anyway, the side of the creek that I was trying to cross was pretty rough. It had really deep cow trails and trees. I fought with her there for about 20 minutes but after the second time she tried to flip over on top of me because she would go to running backward and get tangled in a cow trail, I decided that there was a better place for that fight. I whopped her ass for about a half a mile down around the end of the creek and back up the other side to a place that was nice and wide and flat leading down to the water and there, we had about an hours worth of a 'meeting of the minds'. She got mad and we both got hot and very tired but she did eventually cross the water. It was the most amazing thing, I could see and feel the instant that she decided to quit fighting. She dropped her head and eased right up to the edge of the water with minimal urging from me. Even though she did half lunge across the creek, she did cross and did get her feet wet. I counted the cattle that I was trying to get to and then came back across. She half lunged across again but didn't offer to refuse so I'm making headway there.
Whew, today was kindof a hard day. It is really hot and unseasonably muggy so the horses got worked but not terribly hard. The bay mare's attitude after yesterday is so much better. She is more willing and doesn't get that mareish "I don't wanna" look when I ask for something. Loped some circles on her and she is picking up neck reining pretty quick. Got on the gray mare and worked circles on her today. I went easy at the start because after the long day yesterday, she was pretty sore. After she warmed up and loosened up, I just kicked her up into a lope and did some circles. Her lope is a lot better after yesterday, still not good, but at least bearable now that she has flattened out some. As I was cooling her out, I put her to one of my tests and she passed with flying colors. The cemetery test. There is a pretty good sized cemetery just down the road from the barn and that is an excellent place to desensitize green horses. There is big headstones, flags, flowers, horse-eating trees, reflective surfaces that sometimes make suns appear right beside us, etc. I walked her around on the road and she never batted an eyelash. The only thing that she even looked at funny was the half covered culvert under one of the drives but even then, she just kinda cocked an ear and kept going. She is a very sensible horse and doesn't see the boogeyman in ridiculous places like a young horse will. All in all, a pretty darn good day (tiring though. Loping old gray will put knots in your back LOL).
Now just a few pix from today.
Edited to add: See Stacie, I told you she would get over all that extra tack flopping around on her.
Look at my girl!! Super impressed with how she is doing. I knew it was going to be a longer road with her due to her age. I am also honored that your dad rode her! WOW! She looks great. Looks like I am going to be shopping for some new tack now that I can use it! LOL
Stacie, she is going to make a really nice horse. She will probably never be as soft in her mouth as what I would like but she is smart. Now that she has kinda figured out that all I really want her to do is just move out a little bit, she is progressing in leaps and bounds
I took some video yesterday and spent all evening laughing at myself because there are a couple of times that I stop and kinda just lean on the saddle horn for a minute to get my side to stop cramping but the first time I had to stop, I had actually been loping for about 15 minutes. I am trying to load it but I am fighting with youtube right now. I will post it asap.
RG, I do too (mainly cause I wanted to steal her anyway) but oh well. She may have never been the right horse for you. Anyway, last I heard, you and Cricket? Are getting along well, right?
Ya, her new owner absolutly loves her, I tried to buy her back but she said no lol. Yep cricket it doing really good. I just made a thread of her in horse pictures title "cricket pictures". Stacie your girl is really cute. Smrobs, I love that bay mare.
Okay, so I got part of the video of the bay mare loaded (her vid is 22 min and the gray horse is like 37 so it will be in several parts). Youtube is still fighting with me over the vid of Lucy but I will get it on her eventually LOL.
Anyway, here is Foxy. She's a 4 yo QH that came to me with some serious issues from previous "professional" training she received: complete with head tossing, running backward, and laying on the bit. I would guess that she has maybe 13-14 rides on her at this point and though it may not look it, her lope is actually pretty rough. She travels around on the forehand and it feels like I'm loping into a hole LOL.
Be advised, it looks a little funny but I edited out parts where I was out of screen to shorten the length some. That's why I am really quick to make it from far away to really close on the right side.
Okay, finally had to just leave the computer completely alone overnight to get Lucy's video loaded but here it is. She is going through a stage right now that she doesn't want to stand for mounting (probably because she is sore) but she'll get over that. And for some reason, even with all the circle work I have done on her, she is still convinced that cutting across the middle will make less work for her LOL.
Yeah, I apologize for having to get into her mouth at the first of it, but she can be a bit snotty about bending and giving and if I don't check her on it from time to time, she is content to just kinda lay there on the bit. Even the change from this vid to today is remarkable. She is already neck reining decently and her lope is sometimes pretty nice and other times hell on wheels LOL.