I was supposed to have him gelded today but the weather was poopie so the vet cancelled on me. We are now scheduled for next week.
He was a little goofy today because of the weather and since I had him in a stall all day but I worked him a little anyway. He was a little mouthy because I think I've been over treating so... backing off on the treats.
I wiped him down with a towel and groomed him and then turned and backed. I took a leadrope and started swatting his legs with it because when I walked passed him I saw a little cowkick, like going for a fly not actually aiming but it was enough to **** me off. He got all attitude so whenever he tried to intimidate me I backed him up but I'm not sure I was doing the rope wiggle thing right so I need to go watch some videos to see how people are doing it. I did get him to back and he licked his lips so I made my point.
We did some tie work and he was a brat. Pawing and pulling back. I don't actually tie him yet since he is only 6 months and I don't want him to hurt himself. Instead I weave the rope in between the stall bars. Regular pulling doesn't loosen them but if he sits back the rope will give. I stood in the stall and pulled the rope back if it got too lose. After about five minutes he was licking his lips and standing so I ended the session. I through him out for a minute while I prepared feed and then brought him back in. I took my handy stick and whipped at his back feet while he ate. after a few minutes he stopped cow kicking.
I don't know what I'm doing... I try to keep his sessions short and sweet but I also try to end on a win. He seems so sweet... I hate feeling like I'm being mean to him but I know I have to do these things... It's funny, I lost so much sleep over Riley because he scared the crap out of me with his intimidation factors... This one doesn't seem to try to intimidate. He gets upset and begs me to stop but only tries to be scary once in a while and as long as I have the right reaction he backs down quick.
I did notice today when my husband got home and was being silly with the camero in the driveway that he got a little nervous and was trying to get into my lap so I had to do a little my space session but he figured it out quick enough...
I went ahead and set up a time frame to drop him off at a trainer in July/August for his yearling boot camp. I'm getting so much more brave and confident with the ground skills but only in a controlled environment. I do small things so that I know I can handle the reaction. I'm not sure I can do the round pen work on my own so I will seek help for that. It sucks because the trainer is 2 hours away but after trusting the wrong people with Riley, I need someone I can trust and this is my sister in laws trainer. She trusts her and has had her horses with her for maybe 6 years now. She is doing boot camp on her yearling now so... I feel good about it.
So... I never have a great happy happy feeling about my training sessions because of my confidence issues but... I see little improvements with this dude daily so I think I'm doing things right. I've had him about 3 weeks now....
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"