First off, Sorry for the length of this message.
I've had my 3 1/2 yr old mare Rosie for 5 months now,
I bought her as backed but green (they hadnt taught her anything eg. Moving away
From pressure), as she was only 3 I decided to leave the backing untill next
I've been doing alot of ground work and intergrated CT into her training as she
Had a huge tendancy to move into pressure, and was being rather rude and bargy
As I put pressure on.
It also seemed as though she didnt have a reason for wanting to learn untill I used the clicker with her and her eyes lit up when she caught on.
She now moves from pressure on any point of her body in the correct way
Her leading in the arena, her pasture and around the yard has progressed alot
(she always stays behind you, keeps out of your space, dosent mug, extreamly
Light. The only thing she falts is planting her feet occasionaly when she dosent
What to go the way you want but if I click when a foot goes forward and she gives
A little it resolves the problem and is happening less and less.)
We enjoy verry much playing nose ball together =)
Now, the problem I am having is as soon as we go out the gate, like today:
Our new livery decided to walk her horse out today to get it used to the
Surroundings, so I said I would walk rosie out with her as soon as we got out of
The gate she was pulling forwards and refusing to stop so I pulled her in a
Circle cued her to halt/back and clicked her I did this repeatingly the whole
Way up and it didnt make any difference to her to wether she was infront of the
Other horse or not, I wanted to click her for giving a bit but I didnt feel that
There was any behaviour that it would make a difference to.
On the way back she was getting better and I wasnt having to circle her to get a
Halt/back all of the time,
Although she got spooked by dog walkers who let their dog come up to her (was on
A lead) after I had asked them to walk around her,
Anyway she did a spin and a rear, I then got her to stand quietly for a few
Moments clicked her as she walked from behind me to start with.
When we were nearly home she decided to compleatly dislodge her back hip and
Kick me out to the side as she pulled I stopped her backed her up about 10 steps
Then took her home,
As soon as we got home she was perfect would do anything I asked her to do and
Almost seemed appologetic.
The walk was for 10 mins max.
I wanted to turn her around but the livery lady wanted to keep going and and
Their mare is rather attached to mine so I didnt want to cause her problems.
I've taken her out 4 times before she's not a particulary spooky natured horse,
She wants to go out she enjoys it , never turns for home, she gets anxious but i
Could cope with her.
Anyone have any ideas (or previous eperiance mabey?) how I can help her with
This I know I need to chunk it down verry small distance, often, does anyone
Have any effective tips?
Im going to work on it but need inspiration as the most I get at our yard is
'give the horse a good smack when it pulls' im like no that's realy not the
Answer id never hit her, and my mum is always like lunging solves everything =/ she's verry classical in her methods and hates the fact im going bittless.
Jessii & Rosie