Goal- Lose weight, quieter response to cues, standing for farrier
Plan- Reduced fed down to nothing but one flake of hay, riding or exercising 4 to 5 times a week for at least 40 minutes if not more. Rewarding response to cues immediately and asking for responses in a more relaxed manner. Work with picking up hooves and supporting weight on three legs for a longer period of time.
Goal- Gain weight, get hooves in better shape
Plan- Grain everyday by herself. Make sure she gets her share of hay. Do not over exercise. Farrier work on hooves every 6 weeks.
Goal- Learn to lead properly, learn to stand for farrier, learn to lunge, learn trust and respect, introduce saddle and bridle for future training.
Plan- Slowly introduce all elements until completely comfortable. Been working on picking up feet. When I first received him he would rear or kick everytime I tried to pick up his hooves. He would strike out if you touched his belly. He has gotten a lot better by slow and calm handling. He works well with gentle petting and food rewards. Does not lead well and gets anxious when away from the other horses. Do not plan to do more than teach him to lead and stand for farrier at this moment. Once he is completely comfortable with his hooves and leading then I will work on ground manners further. My plan is to mess with his hooves at least once a day if not more and lead him at least 6 days a week once a day if not more.
Goal- More responsive to cues, doing the cues that are asked of her, lunging, pushiness on ground
Plan- Rewarding her for listening to the cue given and punishing her for not immediately. The second day Willow was here I tried to lunge her and she took off toward the barn pulling the line right out of my hands and in the process injuring several of my fingers. The only way I am able to lunge her is with a chain on or bridle. I'd like to be able to lunge here without either. I have not come up with a plan of action for this except to continue to lunge her until she begins to stay relaxed and she listens to her cues while lunging and then attempting it without a bit or chain. Immediately begin earning her respect on ground. She likes to walk ahead of the person leading her when headed back to the barn. I plan to correct her the first step she takes past where I want her. She needs to learn to stay by my side. Work on pushing me with her head when I am going to slow. I am leading her with several stops and goes as to acquire her attention. She is doing fairly well.
Any helpful advice is welcome. No harsh comments, thanks.