I think we have made great progress on the feeding issue. He will stand patiently for a couple minutes now. I am waiting a little longer and a little longer. The sight of the scoop triggers head high, gotta eat, starving behavior. So, we are using the scoop. I walked around the pasture with the scoop and we took the scoop on our driveway walk. Scoop is no biggie now :)
I decided it is time to learn to lead correctly. Tobie has always had a nylon web halter on. We used a rope halter and it was a bit of an eye opener. He wants to walk me.... We are totally starting over. His concept of halter broke and mine are not even in the same galaxy.
In my infinite wisdom I decided to push the envelope a bit on leading. I need to know where the pull kicks in... does that make sense. TF said I set him up for failure. No, I set him up to my expectations. I don't want a horse I have to constantly fight to keep under simple control. He has no concept of how to walk without yanking my arm half out of socket. But he will soon. Did I mention I gave away my crop, Handy stick, and even the buggy whip I had for decoration. I guess we are gonna turn this lounge whip into a multi purpose tool.
A nice round pen might make this go faster, but I'll make do with what I have, myself and him LOL
We did start learning to drop his head. He is 16 hh and a bit. When he lifts his head I have no hope of reaching that high. So taking a halter off and on is an exercise in precision timing, handling, and smooth moves. I feel like it's an all out sneak attack. I want him to bring his head down and not do the dance while I halter him. On the list of first things.
I haven't had this experience in years.... It's been a while since I started a horse and I feel "rusty." Light bulb moments are frequent so I haven't lost hope that I still got this. While I am not a trainer, nor do I claim to be one, I have started horses since I was a young teen. I know I got this.
It took all of 2 days to teach Rascal that the halter is good. Tobie is so distracted by everything I'll be lucky if he gets this in 2 weeks LOL. Patience, repetition, and consistency will be our motto. For real, I am putting it on the fence beside his bucket and in the barn.
Tobie met one of our neighbors yesterday. We have a wide shoulder on one side of the road and light traffic after the work force and school children are on their way. So, we took a walk. Tobie does NOT like spreader trucks. I did a bit of grass skiing but all was well. Said neighbor got out of her car to meet him after the episode.
This is the same neighbor Rascal used to go visit her little appy. She expressed her sorrow about Rascal. We both had a good cry. She also let me know they are putting down new footing in their small arena/lg round pen soon. She said if I need it, just let her know. Nice neighbor :)
We kept a good distance away as Tobie hasn't finished his quarantine yet. Coggins pull was negative, but I wouldn't want someone taking chances with him, so I won't take chances with anyone else's. 3 weeks and we have a round pen and an arena (other neighbor) at our disposal. 3 weeks to learn to lead, give to pressure, and pay attention..... He can do this. So can I.
Maybe I need a goal sheet