Heres the video.
I would love and need honest feedback on what you see and take from today.
First off, I completely underestimated just how small the roundpen was at the new barn and how much of an adjustment I needed to make in terms of my timing when getting her to change direction, woah, etc. I was so used to the old barns pen where its 4 times the size. What I quickly realized once I got going was that a considerably smaller pen meant that my timing is much much tighter and I had to be that much quicker.
Because of this I ended up roundpenning her for much longer than I was wanting. Normally I only have to do it for 1.5-2mins before she shows signs of submitting. But today once I got going, it took me some time to get my timing right, plus it didnt help that the guy was trying to talk to me and my focus was off for a quick second. I really didnt appreciate him disrupting me, cant you see im focusing on my mare! Geez leave us alone!
At 1:45, she kicks out. Was it at me? I hope not, but if it was, what exactly is she telling me? What did I do? Cause I didnt put any pressure on her. As you can see the whole time, I was really good in keeping my stick down and the great news is that the whole time I kept my eyes on her HQ while my chest was facing her HQ and not her barrel. I also was a bit more mobile with my feet and didnt rotate as if I was spinning on a dime.
When I got her inside as you can see, once I picked up the stick she got going. I looked at her HQ and she picked up the pace but unfortunately she took off a bit too quick for what I was wanting to do. I was only wanting to do this at a walk. I always like to get them to walk first before woahing but the first couple times she wouldnt respond so I just got her to woah from the trot.
Changing direction I underestimated the distance I had to allow to change her direction right away. I caught on though after a few tries.
At 5:42, you see me turning away and taking 2 steps back to the gate. Now, at the old barn because its 4 times the size I normally took 5-6 steps back but i figured a smaller pen means I dont have to take as many steps. Now in the past, once I turned my back and started walking away from her, she would always immediately follow me.
But as you see today, she kept going for 2 secs later then paused for a couple secs, THEN joined up with me. Is this a bad sign? Or is this perhaps from me not taking enough steps back and not making my que bold enough?
When she did join up and I rewarded her and gave her scratches and rubs, (sorry the vertical wood post was in the way so you cant see) as you can see I walked around after and she followed me at liberty. I intentionally did the circles away from me as if i was leading her. As you can see now, she is very good in me leading into her direction.
This is how she has been the past 2 days now (3 now including today), where she now gives me my space when I lead away from me. She no longer speeds up (though I still always anticipate and if I feel shes about to speed up, I will speed up a second or two earlier), she no longer tries to block me and she yields her FQ willingly.
Remember how she was a month or 5 weeks ago? Remember that video of her aggresively blocking me? Is this not a massive night and day change in her?
I wont get too far ahead of myself right now, 3 days of leading like this is still only 3 days. Im not saying she hasnt changed, but its still early. Remember when I first saw the change in her when unhaltering her and her standing quietly and no longer fussing? Well I took it on a day to day basis and I never looked too far ahead just in case she decided to go back to her old ways.
Anyways, during this whole time do you ever see her being annoyed by me? Perhaps scared? Or upset at me?
Do you think I did more harm than good from today or do you think something positive actually came from today for the both of us?