Today I decided to teach Davinci the basics of lunging. Basically, please go in a circle at a walk around me, thanks. What it ended up being was please just move one step forward so I can stop swinging this rope at your rear end. It took a good 30 minutes before he decided that in order for the tapping to stop on his butt he better move forward. By that time my arm felt like jello. After he figured that out he went around at a walk without a problem. I also tried a little Clinton Anderson give to pressure lesson. Pulling his head around with the lead rope at his withers until he gave to the pressure on the rope. I pulled the lead rope around and he did a "she wants me to move, she wants me to turn, she wants me to back up, she wants me side pass, she wants me to go forward, she wants to turn in a tight circle, she's not releasing, she wants me to turn, she wants me to go forward, she wants me to stop, this is starting to hurt my neck let me adjust, oh wow she let go." After that he did great. He had his first hoof trim on Monday and he actually didn't do as bad as I thought he would. He didn't like the rasp across his feet but there wasn't a big fit about it. I fed him some carrots while he was getting his feet done. I'm so glad that he wasn't bad about it. The work I put into picking up his feet paid off.
I worked Annalie on lunging from walk to trot. Apparently she only knows how to trot or canter at a lunge and none of it is voice command. Although she does know whoa best of all. So she would trot in the circle and I would tell her to walk and pull the line just a hair and she would do a dead stop and turn toward me. I would get behind her shoulder and make her move off with a soft gesture and tell her to walk. She'd trot off again. After a few stops and goes she finally figured out I wanted her to walk. I got to help trim one of her hooves when the farrier was here. It wasn't at all easy.
I rode Willow yesterday. We did some walk to trot and trot to walk and trot to stop transitions. I think part of her problem is the bit I have on her. She is in a shank bit and I think she really needs a plain ol snaffle. But I don't have a snaffle small enough for her. I'll have to get one as soon as I can. I also worked on her walking five feet in front of me. If I stopped and she kept going I would back her up about ten steps. She isn't getting that I want her head to be about at my shoulder. She thinks it's ok if she walks completely ahead of me. Which might be from her driving training or her hurry to get back to the barn. She is getting better about it.
I let the kids brush Alice today and pick out her hooves (or try to). She stood really good for it. The farrier thinks her hooves are awful and they are really going to need work. He thinks she gentically has no frog. : /
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