Yesterday, Nalini and I participated in a trick training clinic at my barn. Pics are in the thread below. I really enjoyed it. Mostly just focused on ground work, and a lot of the things were things I work on with the horses that come through for training- ground tying, putting their feet exactly where I want them. As a rule, I don't feed treats, nor do I like horses in my space, but Nalini was very polite about treats. I won't keep up with all of the tricks, but I do plan on following up with the ground tying and stepping up on things. I also finally got a demo on laying a horse down- a technique I'm very interested in learning, though I don't plan on executing it often as a training tool. I do want to teach it as a trick with Nalini. The clinician was very friendly and informative, told us we didn't have to try any tricks we weren't comfortable with, and we all got one on one time. It was an excellent clinic, and my little miss smartypants was a little superstar. Trick Training Clinic
I've had Nalini for two weeks, and when I got her, she came with one of Cherie's 'lists'. She wouldn't stand tied, wouldn't pick up her feet, constantly tried to rub on me, had zero respect, and wouldn't take a bit. Plus she hadn't been ridden at all in a long time.
As we ride more, I'm sure we'll find more problems, but she stands perfectly still, picks her feet up for me, takes a bit much better, though it needs more work, and she doesn't dare take a step in my space. We've gone on a couple rides and there have been no issues, she follows me like a puppy in the pen, and stuffs her nose in a halter as fast as she can. My little $700 mare has come so far in just two weeks. There is a lot of work to be done, but she is intelligent and sweet natured, and I think she had a good foundation once upon a time. I've stalked the website of the barn that sent her to auction, and they have a jumping trainer and a cutting trainer. I'm guessing she was a western horse, so I'm looking forward to introducing her to some cows this summer!
I had a bit of a 'grass is greener on the other side' dilemma today. Got a job offer on a ranch in California an apprentice trainer. It's perfect for me- in a year or two. Right now, I've got such a good thing going, and there is no way I could leave, nor do I really want to. But a little piece of my soul died when I had to decline the offer. So I'm day dreaming for the time when I will have my little truck and trailer and Nalini, my puppy and I will head west for a year or so and work under a trainer.