I've been thinking as to why her attitude went crappy and why I'm having such a hard time bringing her back... I spoiled her! Not in the way of letting her get away with everything, but lack of good solid discipline, not beating, but y'know, a good old what-for! Instead, I was just giving her a little correction when she was doing something stupid and moved on, when in reality, she's at the point where she isn't such a greenie anymore and it's time for her to smarten up.
she's at the point where she isn't such a greenie anymore and it's time for her to smarten up.
There you go.. :) Knew you'd get it.
It's really easy to "spoil" a horse that a few months back you were still starting up and getting them comfortable. But yeah keeping up boundaries, holding realistic expectations, helping them reach them, and correcting when necessary = success.
Corrections need to be 'sized' right.. that's for sure. Cantering dangerously = requires a huge correction right then and there. Same with bolting.. little ones like bracing.. small corrections. You'll get it :) I'm still feeling it out myself.
Took Squiggy for a ride... still had to get all up in her buisness at a trot and at a lope, but when she loped a circle for me on loose rein at a reasonable speed, I quit and went back to the yard. :)
I'm just frustrated with her. I don't know how long it's going to take before she'll be comfortable to do anything in my "arena" without turning into a dummy. I walked her around in it at the end of our ride today, and she mostly just wanted to go back to the yard, so she threw a fit when I asked her to circle away from where she wanted to go... I think her teenage years SUCK. She's like that one girl in your class who is ALWAYS PMSing and is just a bag to everyone if she doesn't get her way.
Hopefully she grows out of this... "phase" (-crosses fingers and toes-)
I'm as sure as I can be right now. My parents don't think she's in pain... if she was in pain, wouldn't it have shown when we were dragging calves?
Plus, the person I was relying on to do any chiro work if needed doesn't want to do it anymore, the vet doesn't do any of the like, and there are no chiro's anywhere in my area. It's even impossible to find a farrier.