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        11-22-2010, 10:32 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Oh yeah they look starving lol

    Willow always was a tester, and I honestly am not sure how much of that is just part of who she is. Once she gets over testing you, you have very little problem with her, right? But someone new is a new opportunity lol. I always rode her with barrel reins so I guess I never really experienced her issue with the reins draping over her side. Can you gather them up in one hand WP style? I never got her neck reining really well, but had started on it, and I got her to a point where she was leg cuing really well, so it shouldn't be hard to get her to start neck reining.

    Ah, I need to drag my pastures too. As soon as it stops raining going to see if I can borrow the neighbor's drag chains.

    Good luck and keep me posted, always feel free to call/email/pm if I can help with anything!
         
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        11-23-2010, 03:19 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    I use a lot of leg pressure with her. I don't like neck reining her with the bit I'm using on her. Once she is done testing and realizes that it doesn't help she is fine. If I ride her for a little bit and then put someone else on her she will go fine.

    Today I decided to see if I could do some trick training. I decided Willow needs to learn to bow. She picked up the concept pretty quickly using apples. I only did it a few times to introduce her to the concept. I used a rope around her pastern and pulled her leg up and showing her the apple had her lower herself down. As soon as she dropped her head I gave her the apple and let her up. We didn't actually get to the point where she did it without a ton of coaxing but she didn't flip out about it. I also rode her bareback with a halter and she did really well. I really like how I can get her to trot beside me. We worked on her staying by my side and remarkably she didn't once go ahead of me.

    I know I'll probably catch some flack but I laid Annalie down today. I thought I'd try it and if she threw a big fit and started rearing and flailing around I wouldn't do it as it was my first time doing it with a rope around the pastern. Because she trusts me so much she wasn't to concerned about me asking her to do something new. What concerned her was what exactly I wanted from her. I would pull her head around and her leg up and she would hop around and turn to me. After about five minutes I got her down on her knee and because she went down without to much of a fuss I let her up and let her have a breather. Something must have clicked in her head because I brought her leg back up and her head around and she went right down to her knee. I saw that she was ready to lay down but was unsure about it I grabbed the horn of the saddle and gently tugged. She went right over and let out a big sigh. She let me pet her all over and then I let her up. I rode her around for a little bit after that with her halter. I didn't do it because we have issues. I wouldn't lie a horse down my first time that I didn't trust.

    Today I introduced Davinci to the saddle. Dun dun dun! I lay the saddle on the ground and brought him out to look at it. He was mildly interested but much more interested in grazing. So I took the blanket and showed it to him. He spooked a little and was a little concerned about me putting it near his neck. After a minute he must have remembered my rope lesson and figured the sooner he stopped moving around the sooner I would quit waving the blanket at him. He stood still and I put it on his back. He looked utterly bored. So I picked up the saddle and showed it to him. He yawned. I put it on his back and waited. He turned his head to look at it but went back to pretending to doze. So I cinched up the girth loosely. I stood back and waited for him to at least hitch his back up. Nothing. So I lead him a step forward. Nothing. So I walked him all the way into the barn with the saddle on. He wasn't the least bit concerned. So Introduction to Saddle complete : )
         
        12-06-2010, 09:26 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Trick training, success and failure

    Success:

    I swear I own one of the smartest horses EVER! I decided to try and teach the horses each a trick or two to see how it goes. Annalie is already really good at laying down and I've done it about seven times. I'm trying to turn it into a cue by squeezing on her neck. I put the rope on her leg and pull it up and she goes right down. So I decided to start teaching her the spanish walk. The first part of teaching a horse the spanish walk is teaching them to strike out their hooves. From what I see on youtube there are two different ways to do this. I went with the tapping a horse on the pastern until the strike their leg forward, kind of as if they were trying to get rid of a fly or pawing while in cross ties. I thought it would take forever. Annalie picked it up in ten minutes. I'm not kidding. Now I'm having problems with getting her to move forward while doing it. Once she gets that down I want to teach her to sit.

    Willow..... Willow.... lol. That girl has some issues with giving up trust. I tried the spanish walk and got no where. I'm not giving up and I've moved on to another way to teach her it. I also worked with her bowing and she did ok. The one thing I am proud of myself for coming up with is that everytime I do something with her I drape a lead rope over her withers. I'm trying to get her over the bitting at her sides when the reins drop down on them. She really hates anything even slightly rubbing her sides, even the tall weeds out in the pasture.

    I haven't really done much with Davinci. He isn't the brightest bulb in the box. In fact I've kind of considered finding him a new home with someone who could put him to better use. It's not that I don't like him, I do and did the first time I saw him. I didn't ask the people to bring him to me. It's just that I don't ever see myself picking him to ride or do something with rather than my Haflingers. He just seems so odd and clutsy. I don't know. If I do sell him it won't be until next year because there are hardly any horses selling right now.

    My husband would like to find another home for Alice. I really think she's the cutest thing ever but she gets herself into trouble with the other horses and I'm afraid she's going to get hurt. She thinks she is the size of a Clydesdale. I think she needs to go somewhere where they only have Minis or at least smaller ponies. One good knock from a Haflinger hoof and she wouldn't be the same again. Right now Alice is pretty much stalled a lot because I don't want her to get hurt. Isn't really fair to her as she really likes to be outside and paces the stall relentlessly.
         
        12-27-2010, 08:16 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Not much to update. With Christmas and the weather I haven't been riding. I can't ride Willow until she gets her hooves trimmed on the 5th anyway. I have worked a little with Annalie and her tricks. All the horses are doing fine and enjoying the time off anyway.
         

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