"Little hothouse flower"
Thanks for sharing about your horses. I think it's safe to say that it's the ones who "offer problems" are the ones who tend to teach us the most, no?
The paint mare is coming along even better. Each time I get less and less and less of the big overreacting and when it happens it's now a split second, a fleeting moment in her eye then is gone. And she turns into very willing horse.
Yesterday for example, she reared up high and had to pedal her front legs to keep her balance (I honestly think that she surprised herself as to how high she reared. It was pretty straight up). I was only asking her to stop and change directions. I didn't move one inch. Just stood there, before her, admiring how pretty she looked against the blue sky....and she came down on all fours and I asked her again to change directions and she did.
That was the only time she offered that up anymore.
Getting the correct lead still frustrates her at times. When I ask her to lope off and she picks the wrong lead, she flusters for a second only...you can see her working it out in her mind....she goes up all four feet leave the ground and she corrects herself and goes on with the nice lope.
Her lope is really nice now. She's found her feet and they're in sync and her body isn't bunchy anymore.
Her cutting horse breeding is coming out more, too. Seems like her problems were also that she is like an athlete who doesn't know her own strength and accidentily breaks things....only in her case, she "accidentily" lets out too much energy and we get the moment of rearing or she frustrates herself when finding the correct lead....but now, when I first send her out to lope, she doesn't blast off, she doesn't bounce around, she just goes into the lope. Has a way better push off.
Yesterday, also got the first ride on her, too. That went well. Funny thing though, because of her bad start by another trainer (she was bucked out but the buck never left her because she bucked so hard to buck the guy off, that she hurt herself...her hips and hind legs were messed up bad. But she's rehabbed now and cleared to ride).....so when I started to get aboard, she humped up for a second and squealed in protest and moved away and I disengaged her hips, and brought her back to the mounting block (it's better for her back)......and I mounted and dismounted several times. And she was fine with it.
She was slow in the forward movement at first. Not scared, but seemed tentative....like she was expecting something bad to happen, like maybe get spurred or something....but that never happened and within a few minutes she let go of that and relaxed. I only asked her to flex and move her hips over just like I did on the ground. It wasn't long before she moved out at a nice free walk.
I gotta build her up to a trot and then the lope because of her previous injuries and because I want to really show her that she can relax and take her time in thinking things through....so when the owner starts to ride, the mare will be calm about anything she's asked to do, you know?
She's just been yelled at with pressure for so long, she still every now and then expects that, but when it doesn't happen, she more than willing relaxes. She's really staying relaxed more and more throughout the entire training sessions. It's cool.
Total contrast from the bouncing Tigger on crack routine she had a few weeks ago!