I just got home, went to see her tonight and was glad I did. I did the steps that Golden suggested when checking if she was warm and she was. She wasnt wet at all, even though on her ears and under her mane, she was dry but the fur was a bit cold to the touch. Im guessing that is normal? Her front armpits were the warmest spot of all of them.
Maybe its just me, but I find with her winter coat I very rarely have to use my curry comb on her. Usually any dirt on her just comes right off with a brush. Anyone else find the same thing? A soft brush seems like its more than enough to do the job for the winter.
I was contemplating if I was going to continue on from Sunday in getting her to pick up her feet and hold up for 3 secs then praise and reward. I decided not to and instead just go ahead and pick her feet and see how it goes (since its been a good week and a bit since ive picked them). Except I decided I was going to use treats to reward her.
I first put her up against the barn wall and started with her front foot (I always do) and then onto her back foot. She was really good on both! I was amazed! Her front foot, as soon as I bent over and was about to tap her leg, (I didnt even tap it) her foot went up so nicely! I literally bent over, was about to reach over to tap and her hoof was already up and held up in the air for me. This was literally the best Ive seen from her!
There was no way any horse could have done it better in terms of timing and how they pick their foot up. After she picked up both feet and I grabbed it, I said "good girl!" cause even though i wasnt able to treat her and physically praise her right away, I felt that over the top verbal praise would at least have her make the connection when she hears good girl, that shes being rewarded verbally! I picked her feet (she was good, didnt lean on me) and as soon as I put each one down, I gave her rubs and scratches and gave her a treat.
After those were done, I decided I would try doing her other two feet without her on the wall. What do you know she picked up both feet without taking a step away from me! Her front foot, she immediately started pawing when I bent over for it, so I just grabbed it and held onto it. Cleaned, rinse and repeat from the 1st side. She was leaning a bit on this one foot, so I kept holding it for a few more secs until she stopped leaning on it and then I put it down and praised her. Did I do this right? (Remember Im still workin on excersize #1, the second one will be later on when I have #1 down pat and cleared.)
Her back foot, same thing, she did the same as the other back foot. Quick tap and up it went. I was really impressed with her! She very much deserved the treats I gave her for all 4 feet tonight! I was so proud of her and her effort tonight. I gave her lots and lots of over the top praise. Very good mare tonight.
I wish I had this recorded, it would have been something to watch again.